Farmington, MI. (March 10, 2016). Farmington resident Valerie Hoffman was named the recipient of the 2015 Mary Martin Service Award by the Farmington DDA at a well-attended recognition event held Tuesday, March 8. Hoffman, who regularly volunteers as a member of the Riley Park Ice Rink and Harvest Moon Celebration Committees, was nominated by friend Carol Kurth. The Award is presented annually to a volunteer in the DDA’s Main Street Program who has exhibited exemplary service to Downtown Farmington.
Joining Hoffman during the honors ceremony were fellow nominees:
- Melissa Andrade, former board member and co-chair of the 2015 Harvest Moon Celebration
- BrIan Cafmeyer, frequent volunteer and winner of the Main Street Oakland County Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2014
- Peggy Castine, graphics and layout designer for the Main Street Messenger
- Bert David, Harvest Moon Celebration committee member and volunteer
- April Lark, member of the Farmington Second Fridays (F2F) Project Team
Absent was nominee Vera Lucksted, organizer of the Chesley Street Community Garden and Wise Women of Grand River women’s business group.
Hoffman was “surprised by her selection among so many volunteers who deserved to win.” Described by her peers as the “quintessential volunteer,” Hoffman said, “The recognition is very nice! It has been so rewarding being a volunteer knowing that I am helping my community and meeting so many wonderful friends along the way. I look forward to continuing my volunteer work in this great community.”
On rare occasions, the DDA extends special recognition to a volunteer who has contributed in significant ways over a sustained period of time. This year, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to resident Pat Shelton, in part for serving over twelve years as editor of the Main Street Messenger, the DDA’s award-winning bi-annual newsletter. Shelton has announced her plans to transition the role of editor to a successor during the Spring, 2016 edition.
“I was thrilled to receive special recognition. It was very unexpected and much appreciated. I've been volunteering over the years because I love my community and am always pleased to help whenever and wherever I can,” reflected Shelton.
Assistant to the City Manager/DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles lauded the efforts of both Hoffman and Shelton. “Val and Pat are the best of the best. You can count on them to follow through with tasks for which they raised their hands, but, more importantly, they are dedicated to improving the community where they live graciously and energetically.”