FARMINGTON, MI (March 1, 2012). The Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will announce the recipient of its 2011 Mary Martin Service Award on March 13 at the seventh annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. It will be held at Luigi’s Trattoria in Downtown Farmington at 7 p.m. 
“Our volunteers are a dedicated corps of individuals who support a wide range of activities offered by Downtown Farmington. Their energy and commitment are quite notable,” said Annette Knowles, DDA executive director. “We host this event to recognize their tremendous efforts and to have some fun.” 
The Mary Martin Service Award is given annually to an active, registered volunteer of the DDA who has exhibited exemplary service to Downtown Farmington. After the nominations are submitted, the DDA Board of Directors makes a selection. 
The outstanding group of nominees are: 
• Jeff and Audrey Brown are responsible for making the volunteer headquarters a welcoming place and stocked with food and drinks for 200+ Founders Festival volunteers. 
• Sarah Dickey has single-handedly planned the daytime entertainment at the Founders Festival for the past five years. 
• Mike Kuntz has been volunteering at least six years, especially contributing numerous hours to coordinating the beverage service at the Harvest Moon Celebration. 
• Carol Kurth is a perfect fit for the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market information booth, where you’ll find her most Saturday mornings during the summer. She also likes to work the Founders Festival information booths. 
• Bill McNeil is admired for his willingness to help at the Farmers Market, his selfless attitude and great smile. For the Harvest Moon Celebration, Bill also plays a big role in planning and setting up the beverage service. Holly Days is another event Bill has helped make successful. 
• Diane Cassidy and her staff, Team Legato, are the heart and soul of Alley Regalley, an excellent, community-based charitable food and beverage tent available at the Founders Festival. 
In 2005, Mary Martin was instrumental in reviving the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market and in developing the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in the town center. Her dedication, ideas and passion were recognized as exceptional, so the DDA created a namesake award to recognize the tremendous efforts of its volunteer community. The pavilion Martin helped to start opened a new chapter in Farmington's history and embodies her ideas and work. 
The recipient of 2010 award was resident and volunteer of three years, Tammy Dafoe, “I enjoy the people I meet volunteering. Farmington is a great community.” 
There are nearly 300 active volunteers in the Farmington Main Street Program.