Over 250 people turned out on March 23 at the Collin County Regional Airport for the Spirit of McKinney Volunteer Awards, hosted by Volunteer McKinney, to salute local volunteers and the nonprofits they serve. The evening began with a delicious buffet dinner provided by McKinney Catering, followed by music provided by KLAK’s Johnny B, using vintage microphones and swing dancing demonstrations by the SMU Ballroom Dance Team. Vintage automobiles were displayed by local car owners to add to the celebration and antique items decorated all of the tables.

Many attendees wore 1940’s era fashions to give the event an authentic feel. Mayor Brian Loughmiller and Council members Geralyn Keever, Ray Ricchi and Travis Ussery served as “soda jerks” dipping ice cream for all who attended. Local business and community leaders presented the awards in eight categories.

The Pete & Nancy Huff Community Service Award was presented by Mr. And Mrs. Huff to a person who demonstrates a long-standing commitment to this community through volunteerism, board service and/or leadership of local organizations or groups.

Nominees were Larry Pietenpol, Darla Theis and Alonzo Tutson and the winner was George Webb.

The Heart Award was presented by Brandon Johnson, President of First United Bank, to an individual or group who has provided significant volunteer service to one agency or organization and has made a significant impact on the agency and/or the clients they serve.

The nominees were Misty Al-Tirhi, David “Sparky” Cox, Sharon Hagen, Joan McLean, Lori Salerno, Sharon Weter and Merina White and the winner was Teresa Price.

The Kim Hoffman Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by James Tippit, Community Reinvestment Officer of Independent Bank. This award is named after Kim Hoffman, a tireless McKinney volunteer who led by example and was truly committed to serving others. Kim was born in Houston, educated at Texas A&M and trained and licensed as a CPA. In 1984, she moved to McKinney, where she soon became a partner at Ross, Kerby & Associates. Kim was a member of the Jaycees and served on the advisory boards at First State Bank and United Way. She was a proud member of the first Leadership McKinney class in 1989. She passed away after battling leukemia.

The Kim Hoffman-Volunteer of the Year Award nominees were Pam Hatch, Ron Morrill, Linda Richardson and Ivonne Rodriquez and the winner was Edna Brown.


The Nonprofit Leadership Award was presented by Jeannine Sellmeyer, founding Executive Director of the Volunteer McKinney Center, to a paid staff member within a McKinney-area nonprofit who has demonstrated leadership, commitment and vision in their organization and/or in collaboration with other organizations for the common good.

The nominees were Kareem Evans of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Jaymie Pedigo of the Community Lifeline Center and the winner was Celeste H. Cox of the NCC Habitat for Humanity.

The Volunteer Group Award was presented by Dee-dee Guerra, Interim Executive Director of the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau, to a group of volunteers who have joined together in service to others, contributing to a local nonprofit, cause or organization to impact the lives of others.

The nominees were Convergint Technologies and Wolford Elementary PTA Volunteers and the winner was DV8 of FBC McKinney.

‘Spirit of McKinney’ Business Service Award was presented by Mike Foster, General Manager of Market Street and President of the Board of Directors for Volunteer McKinney, to a McKinney-area business for its demonstration of community support through volunteerism and/or financial support of local nonprofits including employee engagement programs and sponsorships of community events.

Nominees were College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving of North Dallas, Rick Wells of Rick’s Chop House, Dr. Phillip Koch of Total Body Health and the winner was McKinney Community Development Corporation.

The Youth Volunteer Award was presented by Dana Riley, Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney to a volunteer younger than the age of 21 or a group of volunteers younger than 21 who have demonstrated leadership and/or a commitment to serving others within the McKinney area.

The nominees were Kirsten Snow and Drew Umberger and the winner was Sierra Francis.


The Inspired to Serve Award was presented by Barbara Tomes, Vice-President of Programs for the McKinney Education Foundation to a public or private school, home school group or other group that endeavors to teach and demonstrate serving others to its students through curriculum, programs and community service initiatives.

The nominees were DV8 FBC McKinney, Imagine International Academy of North Texas, McKinney North High School Student Council and the Young Men’s Service League of Frisco and the winner was McKinney Christian Academy.

Sponsors of the event were the City of McKinney, Bill and Priscilla Darling, McKinney CDC, 1st United Bank, Independent Bank, Market Street, Encore Wire and Tomes Auto Group. In-kind sponsors were Blue Bell Creameries, Bob Tomes Ford, George Schuler, Holly Becka of Horsepower Communications, Metro Linen, North TX Palm & Pottery, Third Monday Trade Days and 97.5 KLAK.

Door prizes were given to local volunteers attending the event and were provided by 97.5 KLAK, Brother’s Pizza, Celebrity Spa & Laser Center, Chestnut Square Historical Village, The Crystal Cloche, Diggin’ It, Ink & Toner Texas, Main Event of Plano, Market Street, McKinney Christian Academy, McKinney Community Center, Melanie Scobey/Mary Kay, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Oak Hollow Golf Course, Petra Mexican Bistro, Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, Rob Nelson of Travel Leaders of McKinney, Rick’s Chophouse, SlimGenetics Weight Loss Management and Total Body Health.

“It is Volunteer McKinney’s pleasure to bring this event to McKinney. We want to let everyone know about the dedicated volunteers that devote so much of their time and talents to helping others through their work in local nonprofits.” Dana Riley, Executive Director, Volunteer McKinney.

To see photos of this amazing community event go to Volunteer McKinney’s Facebook page.