Community Connections

Spirit of Sedona Nominations

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, do you know people, nonprofits, or businesses who have distinguished themselves in battling the crisis? This is your opportunity to honor how they’ve demonstrated exceptional philanthropic spirit, leadership, and volunteerism throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley during these unprecedented times.

Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, July 1.

How to Submit

Please fill out the online forms through the links below. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting each nomination. You may submit nominations for as many categories as you wish, as well as multiple nominations per category.

  • Philanthropist of the Year - This award is presented to an individual or family with a record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership in Sedona and the Verde Valley.
  • Nonprofit Organization of the Year - This award honors a 501(c)(3) organization that demonstrates significant accomplishments in meeting the needs of the community and makes Sedona and the Verde Valley a better place to live.
  • Volunteer of the Year - This award honors an individual who selflessly volunteers their time and talents to improve our community. The leadership of this individual has significantly improved the quality of life for residents of Sedona and the Verde Valley.
  • Community Collaborator of the Year - This award honors an individual or business that demonstrates effective community engagement and leadership by working collaboratively across the community to improve the quality of life in Sedona and the Verde Valley.
  • Business Benefactor of the Year - This award honors a local business that demonstrates leadership and an outstanding commitment to supporting the work of nonprofits.

Please contact  Jennifer Perry at 928.399.7218 with any questions.

 

Past Spirit of Sedona Award Recipients

Philanthropist of the Year

  • Dick and Becky Kruse - 2019
  • Chuck Marr - 2018
  • Emile Daher - 2017
  • Barbara Vickers - 2016
  • Eric and Bernadette Meyers - 2015
  • Rabbi Alicia Magal – 2014
  • John Loveland – 2013
  • The McInnis Family – 2012
  • Mary Fisher – 2011
  • Harry Newman – 2010
  • William & Elizabeth Sweeney – 2009
  • Susan N. Coleman – 2008
  • Jim Rappaport – 2007
  • Jack & Carole Wooldrik – 2006
  • Al and Helen Wolfe – 2005
  • Bill Garland – 2004
  • Tom Leenhouts – 2003
  • Al & Marion Herrman – 2002
  • Marie & Dan Richard – 2001

Volunteer of the Year

  • Elizabeth McFarland - 2019
  • Holli Ploog - 2018
  • Katie Chorlton – 2017
  • Doug Copp - 2016
  • Randy and Milton Crewse – 2015 
  • Al Comello – 2014
  • Katie Hamilton – 2013
  • Rod Abbott – 2012
  • Linda Brecher – 2011
  • John DiBattista – 2010
  • Harvey & Julie Grady – 2009
  • Andrew Brearley – 2008
  • Barbara Litrell – 2007
  • Jim Bishop & Adele Seronde – 2006
  • Tom Sweitzer – 2005
  • Bill & Justine Kusner – 2004
  • Janeen Trevillyan – 2003
  • Jean Swanlund & Katie Powell – 2002

 

Nonprofit Organization of the Year

  • SedonaKind - 2019
  • Steps to Recovery Homes & Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley – 2018

  • Sedona Area Garden Club & Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition – 2017

  • Sedona Historical Society - 2016

  • Rainbow Acres – 2015

  • Sedona International Film Festival – 2015

  • Yavapai Food Council – 2014

  • Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch – 2014

  • Verde Valley Sanctuary – 2013

  • Oak Creek Watershed Council – 2012

  • Sedona Food Bank – 2011

  • Sedona Recycles – 2010

  • Sedona Community Center – 2009

  • Friends of the Forest – 2008

  • The Light Heart Foundation – 2007

  • Sedona Public Library – 2006

  • Sedona Arts Center – 2005

  • Keep Sedona Beautiful – 2004

  • Chamber Music Sedona – 2003

  • Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition – 2002

 

Business Benefactor of the Year

  • A Day in the West - 2019
  • Yavapai Broadcasting – 2018
  • Enchantment Resort – 2017
  • Pink Jeep Tours - 2016
  • Sterling Financial – 2015 
  • PJ’s Village Pub & Lounge – 2014
  • Entertainment by Tom and Shondra – 2013
  • Design Group Architects – 2012
  • BSE Rents – 2011
  • Weber’s IGA – 2010
  • Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa – 2009
  • New Frontier’s – 2008
  • Bashas’ Sedona – 2007
  • Focus on Graphics – 2006
  • Sedona Center/Amara Creekside Resort – 2005
  • Larson Newspapers – 2004

 

Community Collaborator of the Year

  • Emerson Theater Collaborative - 2019
  • Barry Maketansky – 2018
  • Shondra Jepperson – 2017
  • Sedona Public Library - 2016
  • Rotary Club of Sedona – 2015 
  • Verde Valley Medical Center – 2014