Governor Snyder announces finalists for 2014 Governor’s Service Awards

Winners will be announced at June 30 celebration in Detroit

LANSING, MI (June 2, 2014) — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the 40 finalists for the 2014 Governor’s Service Awards. The finalists have been selected from more than 160 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations statewide for their commitment to volunteer service. To see the list of finalists and their service biographies, visit

“Michigan’s comeback relies on volunteers across the state making a difference in their communities and I’m pleased to honor those who have gone above and beyond in this effort,” said Snyder. “These 40 finalists exemplify what it means to get involved, do something and have a positive impact on our great state. I want to commend and thank them for their service.”

The Governor’s Service Awards recipients will be honored during a special ceremony titled “An Evening with the Stars” Monday, June 30, at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. During the ceremony, one overall winner in each category will be announced. The event will also feature musical entertainment by Toppermost, a Beatles Tribute Band.

The 40 outstanding volunteer finalists are being honored in eight different award categories that reflect the diverse nature of volunteers throughout Michigan. The award categories are: Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award; Corporate Community Leader Award; Mentor of the Year Award; Volunteer of the Year Award; Senior Volunteer of the Year Award; Youth Volunteer of the Year Award; Outstanding National Service Program Award; and Outstanding Volunteer Program Award.

The Governor’s Service Awards ceremony is an annual statewide recognition event acknowledging the contributions made by Michigan volunteers. This celebration is made possible only through the generous contributions of its sponsors. To date those sponsors include: Ford Motor Company Fund, DTE Energy Foundation, Meijer, Acheson Ventures, Consumers Energy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, MASCO and Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures.

The event is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), the state’s lead agency on volunteerism. The MCSC strives to engage all Michigan residents in volunteerism to address critical community challenges. It is part of the Michigan Department of Human Services.

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