The Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced the winner of its 2010 Mary Martin Service Award on March 8 – Farmington Hills resident and volunteer of three years, Tammy Dafoe. The award is given annually to a volunteer in the Main Street Program who has exhibited exemplary service to Downtown Farmington.

The sixth annual volunteer celebration was held at Page’s Food & Spirits in Downtown Farmington. Over 60 volunteers attended.

Dafoe was driven to volunteer when quitting her job in 2008 – to pursue her master’s degree – left her with some extra time. “I wanted to use that time to help the community and its local businesses,” she said. Tammy now volunteers and holds two part-time jobs. 

“I enjoy the people I meet volunteering. Farmington is a great community,” she concluded.

Anyone who wants to see evidence of Tammy’s hard work can log onto  For more than a year, Tammy led the Web site redesign committee for the DDA. She also finds time to volunteer at all of Farmington’s events.

Also nominated for the award were Melissa Andrade, Pete Hubbard and Mark Knowles.

The Farmington DDA has grown its volunteer database to include more than 200 volunteers, but is still in search of helpful people.

To kick off the 2011 calendar of events, a volunteer pep rally is tentatively slated for May 17. Anyone is welcome to come and assess the volunteer opportunities.