District Honors Volunteers, Business Partners for Their Contributions

May 2017

More than 600 volunteers, business partners and community leaders were honored Friday for donating their time and money to schools throughout the School District of Palm Beach County, during the annual Volunteer and Business Partners Awards breakfast.

Eddie Rhodes, a longtime School District administrator, coach and volunteer, was one of the honorees at the 2017 Volunteer and Business Partners Awards Breakfast. He is pictured with Carlene Millen, Glades Region Superintendent, and Superintendent Robert Avossa.

Eddie Rhodes, a longtime School District administrator, coach and volunteer, was one of the honorees at the 2017 Volunteer and Business Partners Awards Breakfast. He is pictured with Carlene Millen, Glades Region Superintendent, and Superintendent Robert Avossa.

More than 600 volunteers, business partners and community leaders were honored Friday for donating their time and money to schools throughout the School District of Palm Beach County, during the annual Volunteer and Business Partners Awards breakfast.

The event, at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, recognized the District’s outstanding volunteers and school-based programs, as well as the contributions by business partners. The volunteers and business partners were nominated by schools for recognition, and winners are selected by a District committee.

Superintendent Robert Avossa thanked the District’s more than 40,000 volunteers and more than 1,200 business partners for their commitment to public education, and for their investment in the District’s students and schools. “Our volunteers and business partners as so valuable, and I thank you all for what you do,” Dr. Avossa said during his speech at Friday’s breakfast.

Students from John I. Leonard High School provided entertainment during the breakfast, which was sponsored by iHeart Media, Kool 105.5 and Save Around. Other sponsors included Ideal Lending Solutions, J.G. Wentworth, PRMG, ProQuest and Verizon.

Special thanks to Sally Sevareid of the “Mo and Sally Morning Show” on Kool 105.5, who served as the morning’s master of ceremonies.

Winners of the 2017 Volunteer and Business Partner Awards include:

VOLUNTEER WINNERS

  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year: Renee Runge, nominated by Suncoast Community High School
  • Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year: J.B. Brown-Woodside, nominated by Suncoast Community High School
  • Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year: Eddie Rhodes, nominated by the Glades Region schools
  • Family and Community Involvement Award, Elementary Level: South Olive Elementary School, for Latino Community Cares
  • Family and Community Involvement Award, Secondary Level: Congress Middle School, for Boys and Blue Program with the Boynton Beach Police Department
  • School Volunteer Coordinator of the Year, honored by iHeart Radio: Sally Mrazovich of Royal Palm School

BUSINESS PARTNERS WINNERS

  • Business Partners Hall of Fame: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
  • District nominees for Florida Department of Education Business Recognition Awards: Brooks Hannula of Horace Mann, and Dr. Tomer Haik, DDS PA.
  • Community Leader, Gold Award Level: Alix Troast, Bak Middle School of the Arts PTO, nominated by Bak Middle School of the Arts
  • Foundation, Gold Award Level: School of the Arts Foundation, Inc., nominated by Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts
  • Health Services, Gold Award Level: Community Animal Hospital, nominated by Golden Grove Elementary School
  • Hospitality/Tourism, Gold Award Level: The Loxahatchee Club, nominated by Jupiter Elementary School
  • Large Business, Gold Award Level: FPL/NextEra Energy, nominated by William T. Dwyer High School
  • Medium-Sized Business, Gold Award Level: Publix Supermarkets Inc., Store #362
  • Not-For-Profit, Gold Award Level: Boca Raton Museum of Art, nominated by Hammock Pointe Elementary School
  • Public Sector, Gold Award Level: City of Belle Glade, nominated by Lake Shore Middle School
  • Small Business, Gold Award Level: Chick-fil-A Gardens Mall, nominated by William T. Dwyer High School

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