Central Delaware
Youth Volunteer Service Awards winners to be honored April 23

DOVER — Lt. Gov. Matt Denn will present the 2014 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards to 15 individuals and five groups of young people on April 23 at the Dover Downs Hotel.

More than 300 people are expected to honor the volunteers for their outstanding service. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at

“It is my privilege to honor young people for volunteering their talents to help strengthen our communities,” Lt. Gov. Denn said. “It will be my pleasure to thank our youth for turning their passion for public service into much-needed action.”

The 2014 award recipients participated in diverse activities encouraging literacy, educating peers, leading nature programs, supporting a fire company and organizing fundraisers.

The recipients are:

• Kent County: Brett Clarke, Magnolia; and Anne Marie Del Vecchio and Marius Sander, both of Dover; the Delaware Military 4-H Youth of Dover; and Hartly Fire Company Cadets.

• Sussex County: Sarah L. Bell, Seaford; Regina (Gigi) Gijanto, Delmar; and Makenna Jade Richardson and Nash Richardson, both of Bridgeville; Laurel Public Library Teen Volunteers.

• New Castle County: Basilio Nicolo Bautista III, Newark; Peyton Beard, Wilmington; Haley Chambers, Hockessin; Chris Coulston, Kate Goorland and Julianna Lewis, all of Wilmington; Aamir Majeed of Hockessin and Braeden Mannering, of Bear; Delaware Autism Program, Newark; and SwapShop-The Visser Sisters, Wilmington.

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, whose department oversees the State Office of Volunteerism, said the honorees are building a commitment to volunteerism and service to others that she hopes will extend throughout their lives.

“We congratulate the young people for their passion in serving their fellow Delawareans,” Secretary Landgraf said. “As these young volunteers grow older, their dedication to supporting individuals who are vulnerable will be essential in helping to solve the problems we face as a state and as a nation.”

Eligible nominees include individuals or youth groups in which participants age 18 or younger are enrolled as a student during 2013. Individuals and groups must be engaged in volunteer activities addressing community needs in Delaware, and must have volunteered at least 50 hours as an individual or 100 hours as a group.

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