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Volunteer of the Year Award

IFEA Volunteer of the Year Award

The importance of volunteers to our industry cannot be overestimated. Whether the individual acts as a volunteer administrator of an event or contributes his or her time and resources in support of a larger, multi-event organization with a paid staff, the efforts that are put forth deserve our heartiest congratulations and recognition.

It is for that reason that the IFEA Volunteer of the Year Award was created to recognize those outstanding event volunteers whose unselfish and dedicated service to a member festival or event has made a significant difference in their community and mirrors the commitment to success in our professional ranks.
IFEA Volunteer of the Year Past winners include:
  • John Johnson, SunFest (2001),
  • Tad Fraizer, Updowntowners (2003),
  • Lisa Collins, Memphis in May International Festival (2005),
  • Doreen Ravenscroft, Waco Cultural Arts Festival (2006),
  • Randy Hawthorne, Updowntowners, Inc., Lincoln, NE (2008)
  • Mary Jo Sartain, Tulsa International Mayfest (2010)
  • Christopher Protho, M.Ed., Music for All (2013)
  • Barbara Ehrlich, National Cherry Blossom Festival (2016)
. . . just to name a few!

To view a complete list of the IFEA Volunteer of the Year Award Winners, Click Here.

The IFEA Volunteer of the Year Winner is presented with their award at the IFEA Awards Ceremony at the IFEA's Annual Convention & Expo.


For questions on any of the IFEA Awards Programs, contact: Nia Hovde, CFEE, Vice President/Director of Marketing & Communications, at +1-208-433-0950 ext:3 or email:
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