Volunteer Spotlights

We’d like to recognize some of our volunteers for going above and beyond with their contributions at SunFest.
We thank you for ALL that you do!
Rick Duprey, Band Merchandise Committee, Committee Chair

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What has been your favorite SunFest experience/moment?

After 20 years it’s hard to pick a favorite moment!  Watching this festival grow so much over the years has been an amazing experience in itself. I also enjoy meeting the people that come from all parts of the U.S and the world to enjoy the event.  But personally for me, winning a pinnacle award… That’s my favorite moment!

When you’re not volunteering at SunFest, what are you doing?

Since I am the V.P of USAMDT/Treasure Coast, we are busy doing background checks and drug testing for companies.  I am on call 24/7 so I spend a lot of time working.  I also recently purchased a fixer-upper home in WPB so that takes up any spare time I might have.  When I’m not working (or fixing) I like to spend time with my family and grandchildren and go on cruises.

Where is your favorite Palm Beach County dining/watering hole?

I don’t spend a lot of time at any “watering hole” but Renegades has 3 for 1.  It’s hard to beat that!  I am not familiar with a lot of dining locations in Palm Beach as I am new to the area, but I have found a great little Thai restaurant on Royal Palm Beach Blvd and Okeechobee Blvd. GREAT FOOD!

Who is your favorite sports team?

Miami Heat/Dolphins/UF of course!

Frans de Calonne, Sponsorship Committee, Vice Chair

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What has been your favorite SunFest experience/moment? 

One of the more memorable moments was a few years ago, when the last day of SunFest fell on my birthday so I got fireworks 😉 and also had the entire SunFest crew sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me.

Also, having sponsors come up to you during the last day of SunFest and tell you how much they appreciate all of the hard work you did for them and hear them say that SunFest is one of the best organized events means a lot!

When you’re not volunteering at SunFest, what are you doing?

Outside of SunFest, I am a software analyst and developer. I’m also an avid runner and on the board of the Palm Beach Roadrunners. I started doing triathlons again 3 years ago so you’ll often see me in the gym at Hard Exercise Works and running, riding, or swimming somewhere.

What 3 words best describe you?  

Dedicated, Energetic, and Fun

Who has been your favorite SunFest performer?

There is always something that needs my attention during SunFest, so I usually only see bits and pieces of performances; and there have been so many great acts over the years, but a few of my favorites would be: Pixies, Pretty Lights, Matisyahu, The Smashing Pumpkins, Toad The Wet Sprocket (got to meet them after the show), and Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton dropping in.

Veronica Clinton, Finance Committee, Committee Member

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What has been your favorite SunFest experience/moment?

My first SunFest experience was in 2001 when Mýa performed. That has to be my favorite SunFest moment because it is what made me fall in love with the entire festival and keep returning as a guest and/or volunteer from that point on!

When you’re not volunteering at SunFest, what are you doing?

When I’m not volunteering for SunFest, I work for Loggerhead Marinelife Center as the Senior Development Assistant. In this role, I help to plan fundraising events that support the daily operations of our center. When I’m not working, you can find me at the beach or on the boat!

Which artists will we find on your iTunes? 

You will find a variety of artists from Luke Brian to Lil’ Wayne, and everything in between.

What are your summer plans?

I’m hoping to make a few trips over to the Bahamas this summer for some much needed sunshine!

President’s Pinnacle Award Winners

2015
Melinda Dixon
Brad Pyfrin
Joe Schelorke
Nancy Vidal

2014
Frans de Calonne
Geoff Livingston
Marshall Osofsky
Cindy Reppel

2013
Rick Duprey
Kim Frohling
Beth Kaplan
Lisa Schillig

2012
Chris Banks
Denise O’Connor
Karen Spitzer
Donna Woody

2011
Christian Rodriguez
Brandy Upright
Jan “J.J.” Wolfe

2010
Pat Hoskin
Allan Patti
William J. Storey
John Wilson

2009
Brian Edwards
Blake Kettner

2008
Bill Bramlett
Chris Anne Ayers
Carolyn Severing

2007
Wilson Enriquez
Jason Harris
Sam Hadley
Ivan Rosa

2006
Michael Balme
Karen Farruggia
Patrice King
Robert Lane
Evelyn Moody

2005
Patty Laine
Ed Shelton
Floyd Keneson
Jodi Chapin
Kelly Dobbs
Susie Macon

2004
Brenda Balme
Louise Candea
Dennis Alicea
Deborah Duprey
Ed Holland
Harriet Leibowitz

2003
John Tamsberg
Petey Glover
Donna Stein
Shaun Castillo
William Cruise

2002
Ricki Freedman
Dawn Helton
Michael Weeks
Patti Hammond
Russ Ketchem
Peter Wellman
Greg Fagan
Susan Chapman

2001
Don Laine
Robin Ramback
Dari Bowman
Gwynn Virastek
Steven Mayans
Stephania Juergen

2000
Gene Russo
Ann Russo
Greg Rice
Dan Costello
Wil White
Patricia Gregory
Tom Dongilla
Anna Howard

1999
Becky Foley
John Belden
Leanne Evans
Bill Walter
James Hoffman
Steve Yeckes

1998
Jim Fuchs
Arlene Willman Muck
Mary Jacobs
Barbara Alterman
Bridgette Dei
Bob Broadway
Shirley Duffy

1997
Amy Tolderlund
Phil Barbre
Sue Ellen Clarfeld
Colin Cassidy
Thomas Burns
Rick Sartory

1996
Iva Grady
Terry Jonethis
Red Dunn