Left to Right:  Pam Bondi, attorney general; Lea Ann Curry, Champion of Service recipient; Governor Rick Scott; Dr. Michael McLeod, commissioner; Kris Juve, RSVP coordinator at SFSC; Chester Spellman, CEO Volunteer Florida; Adam Putnam, commissioner; and Jeff Atwater, CFO, State of Florida.

Left to Right: Pam Bondi, attorney general; Lea Ann Curry, Champion of Service recipient; Governor Rick Scott; Dr. Michael McLeod, commissioner; Kris Juve, RSVP coordinator at SFSC; Chester Spellman, CEO Volunteer Florida; Adam Putnam, commissioner; and Jeff Atwater, CFO, State of Florida.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer Lea Ann Curry was recently presented the Champion of Service Award by Volunteer Florida and Governor Rick Scott at a Florida Cabinet meeting on Feb. 5. Curry, along with Rachelle Duroseau and K9s for Warriors, was one of three Floridians recognized for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service.

Curry was selected for being instrumental in leading Disaster Preparedness efforts for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, helping over 4,000 families build evacuation plans and kits. She also holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol. Curry is a registered nurse with over 49 years of emergency response experience, involving disasters such a Hurricane Andrew, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon, and Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne.

The Champion of Service Award was established in 2013 by Volunteer Florida. Recipients must demonstrate excellence in volunteerism, community service, national service, civic, social, or corporate responsibility; be creative in the use of people, resources, and opportunities; have a role in advocating for volunteerism in their local community; make an outstanding contribution to community service efforts; and have an honorable commitment to volunteer service.

“It is an honor to recognize these great Floridians for their service to Florida’s veterans, at-risk children and families, as well as disaster preparedness and response,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Volunteers have a significant and positive impact on our communities, and I am honored to present these outstanding individuals with the Champion of Service Award for their commitment to the wellbeing of all Floridians.”

“Rarely do you meet someone of Lea Ann’s caliber,” said Kris Juve, RSVP coordinator at SFSC. “In the world of volunteerism, which is full of altruistic individuals, she is one of our RSVP shining stars.”

“Rachelle Duroseau, Lea Ann Curry, and the team at K9s For Warriors have a willingness and motivation to serve and better their community,” said Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “Our volunteers help to make Florida the best state in the nation to live, work, and raise a family, and I applaud these great Floridians for their valued service.”

Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission grants funds to Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; coordinates volunteers and donations in a disaster; and inspires all Floridians to serve their communities. For more information, visit www.volunteerflorida.org.

For more information on SFSC’s RSVP, contact Kris Juve, RSVAP coordinator, at 863-784-7189 or Kristini.Juve@southflorida.edu.