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Community volunteers to be recognized at Madison Visionary awards

MADISON — Madison Visionary Partners is hosting its inaugural Madison Visionary Awards next month, a community-wide event to celebrate the people who make Madison a great place to live, work and play. The award ceremony will be March 30 at the SportsMed Club at Toyota Stadium at 11:30 a.m.

During the luncheon, awards will be given to Community Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Philanthropic Business of the Year and Madison Visionary of the Year.

“One of the elements of Madison’s success is its people and MVP thought it fitting to honor the volunteers who work every day to build community in our city,” said Melanie Thornton, executive director of MVP. “We have many people doing good and most often, they are the ones working behind the scenes.

“What better way to bring them in the spotlight than through these awards?”

Also part of the awards program will be the presentation of recipients of the first Community Impact Grant. The program is also granting $15,000 to local nonprofits for programs and events that will benefit the community.

“We had such a wonderful response from the community during the nomination process,” said Thornton. “We have a great group of volunteers and businesses who will be highlighted for their work in Madison.

“Any way we can enhance and support the nonprofit activity in Madison is going to be beneficial to the community. We have some great projects that are going to get funding.”

These awards highlight a key element in MVP’s mission as Madison’s community nonprofit. In addition to fundraising for large projects, MVP is also working on building a community of volunteers who want to bring small projects, events and programs to Madison.

“Madison’s leaders have a vision for our community that MVP, along with other community organizations, can help bring to reality,” said Jeff Showalter, chair of the MVP Board of Directors. “Support for our mission is integral as we continue to grow as a city and a region.”

Click here to purchase tickets; they will be on sale until March 15.

Sponsorships are still available until March 15 on a limited basis; click here for information.

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