Dedicated Volunteers in Alachua County Were Honored at the  

E.T. York Work of Heart Award Reception


Gainesville, Florida (May 6, 2014) – With more than 60 nominations, the E.T. York Work of Heart Awards recognized exemplary Alachua County volunteers at a reception on April 30. Guests and nominees were welcomed and winners were annouced by Mick Hubert, “The Voice of the Gators.” Out of the 62 nominations only 18 individuals, local organizations or businesses received an award in the possible 12 categories.    

Dr. E.T. York is the namesake of the E.T. York Work of Heart Awards and of the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville. In 1968, Dr. York was asked by President Nixon to serve on the newly formed board of directors of the National Center for Volunteer Action. He then spearheaded the formation of the Volunteer Action Center in Alachua County and became the first board president. Since 1971 the Work of Heart Awards has honored the volunteers in Alachua County and the impact they make.

The winner of the E.T. York Distinguished Service Award was the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. The award was accepted by Jorge Garcia-Bengochea. (photo above)

Other winners were as follows: 


Alpha Phi Omega Tau Chapter—University of Florida Collegiate Group

Santa Fe College Women’s Basketball Team—Santa Fe Collegiate Group

Publix—Corporate Citizenship

Yopp! Inc.—Nonprofit Organization


Anna Burton—Youth Volunteer Award

Joni Ellis—Good Neighbor Award

Myra Morgan—Volunteer Board Member Award

Sandra Pratt—Santa Fe Collegiate Individual Award

Brian Scarborough—Volunteer Board Member Award

Chelsea Stewart—University of Florida Collegiate Individual Award

Betty Woodard—Senior Volunteer Award


Heart of community Award winners:

Ron Farb

Bryan Garlin

Mamie Harb

Ralph Ives

Dr. Saeed Khan

Marcia Millett