The 2012 Be More Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at The Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. The goal of the Awards is to honor and applaud the outstanding — but often unrecognized — efforts of our community volunteers. The ceremony was hosted by Joe Hren, co-host of WTIU’s The Weekly Special, and Bet Savich, Coordinator, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Board Member MaryFrances McCourt presented each recipient with their Award and a $500 grant for the non-profit organization represented by each winner.
Below are the Award winners and the non-profit or governmental organizations who received the grants:
Be More Collaborative Award (family or group)
Tornado cleanup volunteers of Van Buren Township
Be More Phenomenal Award (board member)
Donna Lafferty, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
Be More Involved Award (college student)
Emily Bornstein, Middle Way House
Be More Creative Award (arts and culture)
Mary Lee Deckard, Monroe County History Center
Be More Knowledgeable Award (education/literacy)
Katie Hopkins, Monroe County Circles Initiative
Be More Sustainable Award (environmental/animal welfare)
Lisa Ritchel, Bloomington Animal Care and Control
Be More Energized (youth)
Hannah Fidler, Fair Trade Bloomington
The awards are sponsored by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, IU Credit Union, United Way of Monroe County and WTIU Public Television.