Volunteer in Parks Banquet

CRPA annually hosts our Volunteers in the Parks (VIP) Banquet each January to recognize the previous year’s volunteers. During this banquet, guests enjoy dinner, a motivational speaker, prizes and gifts, and one volunteer from each group is recognized as a volunteer of the year for that organization. From those selected by their respective groups as the volunteer(s) of the year, a panel of judges selects one volunteer as the Cherokee County Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.

2021 Volunteers of the Year

Distinguished Volunteer of the Year - Yvonne Curtis
Excellence in Volunteer Service - Friends of Garland Mountain

Canton Baseball - Claudia Lamanac
Cherokee County Special Olympics - Allyson Anderson
Cherokee Senior Softball Association - Tom Cameron
Cherokee Soccer Association - Ivan Ulloa
Cherokee Youth Basketball - Shaquandra Gregory
Cherokee Youth Football Association - Chris McIntosh 
Cherokee Youth Girls Flag Football - Tim Crane
Cherokee Youth Lacrosse - Dan Platko
Cherokee Youth Softball - Jeff Sunderland
Chill - Emma and Joy Nolan
Creekview Boys Youth Lacrosse - Evan Sanders
Creekview Girls Youth Lacrosse - David Burke
CRPA Community Outreach Award - Greg Elder
Dwight Terry Baseball - Chris Sims
East Cherokee Baseball - Steven Smith
Friends of Garland Mountain - Lisa Clark
Georgia Academy - Yvonne Curtis
Hobgood Baseball - Brett Ruffino
Leisure Spectrum - Lon Prine
NASA Top Hat - Will McKenna
North Cherokee Baseball - Rick and Ashley Wood
North Georgia Falcons - Jonothan Jumper
North Metro Miracle League Cherokee - Ashley and Annabelle Tippens
Okinawa Kenpo Karate - Manuel Ramos
Pelicans Swim Team - Josh Whitmire
SORBA Woodstock - Kelly Pruitt

Past Distinguished Volunteers

  • 2020 - Mollie Guy - Cherokee County Special Olympics
  • 2019 - Delaine Cagle - Leisure Spectrum
  • 2018 - Rob & Tracie Strozier - Miracle League
  • 2017 - Lori Bane - Hobgood Baseball
  • 2016 - Ray Deluca - Cherokee Senior Softball Association
  • 2015 - Amy Turcotte - CYFA, Holly Pineda - Special Olympics
  • 2014 - Duffy Sparks - Cherokee Youth Baseball
  • 2013 - Delaney Spurlock - Leisure Spectrum
  • 2012 - Steve Diamond - CHILL
  • 2011 - Dan Carmicheal - Cherokee Reds
  • 2010 - Marguerite White - CYFA