“Be More Awards” Honors Local Volunteers

Tuesday night, WTIU partnered with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network to recognize more than one-hundred unsung heroes.

Tuesday night, WTIU partnered with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network to recognize more than one-hundred unsung heroes.

Michelle Davenport couldn’t have captured the moment any better.

“I really feel so honored. This is so much better than Miss America.”

Overall, nine recipients were handed trophies and over a hundred nominees were congratulated for their volunteerism in the Bloomington community, including 8-year-old Bella Caruso.

“I was kind of excited.”

And so was the audience. Little Bella received the “Be More Energized Award” for raising cancer awareness. This school year, Bella raised nearly 300 dollars for Templeton Kids Fighting Cancer – a group she helped create to aid cancer patients like her mother, Camile.

“I can’t imagine at 8 that I had short term goals, let alone long term goals,” said her mother Camile. “And Bella’s long term goal she says, is that she would like to see this happen in every school.”

Bella received an overwhelming applause from more than 600 people, but even that recognition doesn’t measure the impact she’s made on many lives.

Dave Leno

Dave Leno is a news anchor and sports reporter for WTIU. He mostly files reports on IU basketball and football. In addition, he is the play-by-play voice of IU volleyball, softball, men and women’s soccer and hosts the women’s basketball halftime show. Leno freelances for Action Indiana Sports Television, where he calls basketball games for Bloomington High School South. His broadcast history includes stints at IU Student Radio and 610 WIP in Philadelphia. Leno spent this past summer calling professional baseball games for the Camden Riversharks, an independent team based in Camden, NJ.

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