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MVP announces finalists for Madison Visionary Awards

MADISON — They are true MVPs in Madison and they will be honored by the city’s MVP, as in Madison Visionary Partners.

The non-profit organization is hosting its second annual Madison Visionary Awards, a communitywide event to celebrate the people who make Madison a great place to live, work and play.

“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?”

The event is 8 a.m. March 28 at the SportsMed Club at Toyota Stadium. Tickets are on sale and limited sponsorships are available until March 22.

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

The finalists are:

Youth Volunteer of the Year 

  • Andrew Crocker, Bob Jones High School
  • Savannah Gaertner, Bob Jones High School
  • Finley Koswoski, James Clemens High School

Community Volunteer of the Year 

  • Michelle Hyams
  • Denise Phillips
  • Sandy Weisner

Philanthropic Businessperson of the Year 

  • Cristie Clark, Captured by Cristie
  • Dr. Matt Gibson, Gibson Orthodontics
  • Alice Lessmann, Signalink

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

The 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.

Also part of the awards program will be the presentation of recipients of the Community Impact Grant. Also in its second year, MVP is granting $10,000 to local nonprofits for programs that will benefit the community.

“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,” said Thornton.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Tickets will be on sale until March 22.

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