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Exceptional Volunteer Service Recognized at Annual Events

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More than 30 honored for their compassion and commitment to our lifesaving mission.


The American Red Cross of Central Florida recently honored more than 30 outstanding volunteers for their exceptional service over the past year. For the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2018, a dedicated group of 2,000 volunteers contributed just over 100,000 hours – exceeding our goal significantly!

The 30 honorees were nominated by Red Cross staff members or fellow volunteers, which then goes to a committee of their peers for final selections. Each chapter in the Central Florida Region recognized outstanding volunteers at individual appreciation events held from April-June.

Tara Bess, Senior Volunteer Service Specialist, acknowledged the hardworking volunteers at the Tampa Bay Chapter’s Volunteer Recognition Meeting on June 15. “The work you do each day and night -- whether it is client case work, DAT responses, briefing our soldiers at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) or welcoming new volunteers -- is leaving a mark on our community,” she said. “You not only care about your community and fellow volunteers, but humanity, as well. I know I can speak for my colleagues when I say that we are truly honored to work alongside all of you in serving the Red Cross mission.”

2018 Awards Included:

Volunteer of the Year (Highest Honor)
Tom and Stella Hall, Florida’s Space Coast Chapter
Randal Lautenburg, Greater Orlando Chapter
Debbie Greek, Mid-Florida Chapter
Larry Faeth, Southwest Florida Chapter
Dionne Covin, Tampa Bay Chapter

Clara Barton Award
Pedro Quinones, Florida’s Space Coast Chapter
Betty Buckbee, Greater Orlando Chapter
Doug Stewart and Patti Finlan, Mid-Florida Chapter
Gerald Strand, Southwest Florida Chapter
Diane and Juan Sanchez, Tampa Bay Chapter

Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service
Pedro Quinones, Florida’s Space Coast Chapter
Shawnda Howard, Greater Orlando Chapter
Doug Stewart and Patti Finlan, Mid-Florida Chapter
Debra Sharpe, Southwest Florida Chapter
Jackie Tobin, Tampa Bay Chapter

Volunteer Spirit
Jim and Sue Lintz, Florida’s Space Coast Chapter
Pam Harris, Greater Orlando Chapter
Martha Donagrandi and Sue Prince, Mid-Florida Chapter
Barb and Rick Nelson, Southwest Florida Chapter
Stephanie Sena, Tampa Bay Chapter

Rookie of the Year
Ada Li and Kim Marsh, Florida’s Space Coast Chapter
Fabiane Shuford and James Witherspoon, Greater Orlando Chapter
Shawn Clark and Amy Shultz, Mid-Florida Chapter
Jim and Carolyn Manson, Southwest Florida Chapter
Pete Lamb, Tampa Bay Chapter

Most on Call and Most Hours Worked
Buddy Clark, Mid-Florida Chapter
Linda Herzog and Monty Messersmith, Southwest Florida Chapter
Frank Nauer and Mary O’Geary, Tampa Bay Chapter

Headquartered in Tampa, the Central Florida Region serves 19 counties through five different chapters, including Florida’s Space Coast (Daytona Beach), Greater Orlando, Mid-Florida (Winter Haven), Southwest Florida (Sarasota) and Tampa Bay.

To learn more about spreading the Red Cross mission as a volunteer, visit redcross.org/volunteer or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.