Cape Gazette

Governor will honor outstanding volunteers Oct. 25

Oct 12, 2012

Gov. Jack Markell will honor the dedication of 31 individuals and groups as he presents the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards for 2012 on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Dover Downs.

The governor and first lady Carla Markell have been champions of the importance of volunteerism and service in building stronger communities across the state.

“Carla and I believe through volunteerism and service by Delawareans of all ages, we strengthen our social fabric and quality of life,” Markell said. “This year’s volunteer award recipients clearly demonstrate how one individual or one group can make a difference in many lives. We recognize their leadership, passion and commitment in helping their fellow Delawareans.”

This year’s award recipients participate in such diverse activities as social justice, protecting the environment, working to advance the arts and culture, and improving education.

“For Delawareans who volunteer, it is the ultimate act of giving back,” said Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the state’s efforts to foster volunteerism and service. “You are living the promise to make a selfless difference in someone’s life. It is an example that is sure to inspire others to follow your lead.”

“The volunteers selected for recognition from the governor stand out in either the length of their service or in the unique quality of their efforts to make Delaware a better place to grow up and live,” said Anne Farley, PhD, director of DHSS’ Division of State Service Centers, which includes the State Office of Volunteerism.

More than 400 people are expected to join the governor Oct. 25 at Dover Downs to honor the volunteers for their outstanding service. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by calling 302-857-5006, or go to to download an invitation.

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, Delaware Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, and the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.

The 2012  individual recipients in Sussex County are David Christy, Lewes, for Arts & Culture; Dara Hearn, Lewes, Education; Sallie Forman, Rehoboth Beach, Environment; Dianne Twining, Laurel, Environment; Marie McIntosh, Frankford, Human Needs; and Pat Short, Lewes, Human Needs.

Group winners in Sussex County include Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Community Service; the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute volunteers, Environment; Nanticoke Creekwatchers, Environment; Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Family Services Committee, Human Needs; St. Phillip's Youth Host Group, Human Needs; and Delaware SPCA, Sussex Chapter volunteers, Animal Welfare.

Statewide honors go to Reading Assist Institute volunteer tutors, Education.

For more information about the awards, contact information for the winner or the Oct. 25 event, contact Carrie Hart with the State Office of Volunteerism at 302-857-5006.

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