The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware held its annual Volunteer Awards Dinner on April 26 to recognize volunteers.

The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a temporary residence for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving medical treatment at local hospitals.

The dinner recognizes those volunteers who have reached milestones or have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering that exhibits outstanding dedication to the mission and vision of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware has over 450 active volunteers, including adult individuals, students and community groups.

Milestone awards were given across several categories including 400 hours of service to David Baumberger, Suzanne DeWees, Duane Eaton, Karen Goodman, Kathy Marruzi, Carol Robbins and Mary Jane Walker; 1,000 hours of service to Sue Fairweather, Nancy Finnie, Joan Irwin, Tom John, Esther Kraeer, Kerry Kulp, Patricia Mombro and Lois Moser; 2,000 hours of service to Rich Barry and Lynn Evancho; 4,000 hours of service to Dan Szymanski; and 5,000 hours of service to David Birdsell.

Five-year awards were given to Chris Coffin, David Birdsell, Joanne Gagliardi, Kathy Maruzzi, Phyllis Stein, Stephen Fastuca, Sue Fairweather, Nancy Finnie, Dorina Horsey, Fidelis Kenine, and Dorothy Russell. Ten-year awards were given to Susan Loomis, Carol Illingworth, Tommie Almond, Sally Caliendo, Pat Broda and Ken Schlotterer. Fifteen-year awards were given to Patti Quinlan, Nancy Glass, Lynn Evancho, Rich Barry, Denise Budischak, Dale Perkel and Teresa Cochran. Twenty-year awards were given to Mary Hirt and Patti Johns.

The Heart of the Community award, which recognizes a group of volunteers from the community that has given dedication of time and care to the House on a continuing basis, was given to EBC Carpet Corporation Services.

Jefferson Awards were given to Allen Fine, Duane Eaton, the Detweiler family, the DiCristofaro family and Carol Illingworth. The house gives local Jefferson Awards to volunteers who have demonstrated efforts in time, spirit and commitment to the house.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award, which honors those who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service, went to Ronald’s Rescue–Padua Academy.

The President’s Youth Award was given to Cassi Sullivan.

The Peggy Campbell Award recognizes the most volunteer hours given by an individual to the house in a calendar year and went to David Birdsell.

The Top Teen Award, which recognizes the most volunteer hours given by a high school student volunteer to the house in a calendar year, was given to Madison Larmore.

The Top Ronald McDonald Family Room Volunteers Award recognizes the most volunteer hours given by individuals at our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located within area hospitals. For Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, the award went to Nejya Elder, Sandra Snyder and Peggy Vinnacombe. For Christiana Hospital, Carol Dillon, Elayne Tomb and Nancy Finnie.

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