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 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.