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SunFest 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!


Vince Farruggia, Committee Chair – Operations Committee

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What has been your favorite SunFest experience/moment? 

Being asked to be a Committee Chair for one of the greatest festivals.

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

Working at Publix for the past 14 plus years, puttering around the house, and trying to play golf.

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

Local Sal’s Italian Restaurant.

Who is your favorite sports team?

Miami Marlins


Shirley Duffy, Vice Chair – KidZone Committee


What has been your favorite SunFest experience/moment? 

I just served my 30th year as a SunFest volunteer, and have mostly worked in the Youth Park/KidZone area. So, my favorite SunFest moment happens with the annual call back. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this great organization and experience. Having a lively and engaging Family Activities Area has always been my priority, and each year it unfolds perfectly. I just love to give of my time and talent in this way.

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

Currently I’m teaching Kindergarten, so when I’m not doing that, I’m recovering from doing that! I enjoy spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, and reading great books.

What 3 words best describe you?  

Courteous, kind, and playful

Who has been your favorite SunFest performer?

I was standing in the crowd for Sheryl Crow, close to the front of the Main Stage, when Eric Clapton walked out and played a song on his guitar. I felt like the luckiest person in the world, being in the right place at the right time. It was glorious.


Gary Greene, Committee Member – Art Show Committee

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What has been your favorite SunFest experience/moment? 

My favorite SunFest experience was receiving the Art Committee’s Volunteer of the Year Award several years ago, and then being appointed as a member of the Art Committee.  I always enjoy meeting the new artists at SunFest each year and also enjoy seeing returning artists and my fellow committee members.

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

When not at SunFest, I prepare tax returns and represent people with tax issues as an enrolled agent.

Which artists will we find on your iTunes? 

Artists on my iTunes include John Legend, Mark Ronson, Pharrell Williams, and Billy Joel.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is usually the last one I have seen and liked. In this case it is Jurassic World.



President’s Pinnacle Award Winners

1996 1997
Iva Grady Amy Tolderlund
Terry Jonethis Phil Barbre
Red Dunn Sue Ellen Clarfeld
Colin Cassidy
Thomas Burns
Rick Sartory


1998 1999
Jim Fuchs Becky Foley
Arlene Willman Muck John Belden
Mary Jacobs Leanne Evans
Barbara Alterman Bill Walter
Bridgette Dei James Hoffman
Bob Broadway
Shirley Duffy


2000 2001
Gene Russo Don Laine
Ann Russo Robin Ramback
Greg Rice Dari Bowman
Dan Costello Gwynn Virastek
Wil White Steven Mayans
Patricia Gregory Stephania Juergen
Tom Dongilla
Anna Howard


2002 2003
Ricki Freedman John Tamsberg
Dawn Helton Petey Glover
Michael Weeks Donna Stein
Patti Hammond Shaun Castillo
Russ Ketchem William Cruise
Peter Wellman
Greg Fagan
Susan Chapman


2004 2005
Brenda Balme Patty Laine
Louise Candea Ed Shelton
Dennis Alicea Floyd Keneson
Deborah Duprey Jodi Chapin
Ed Holland Kelly Dobbs
Harriet Leibowitz Susie Macon


2006 2007
Michael Balme Wilson Enriquez
Karen Farruggia Jason Harris
Patrice King Sam Hadley
Robert Lane Ivan Rosa
Evelyn Moody


2008 2009
Bill Bramlett Brian Edwards
Chris Anne Ayers Blake Kettner
Carolyn Severing


2010 2011
Pat Hoskin Christian Rodriguez
Allan Patti Brandy Upright
William J. Storey Jan “J.J.” Wolfe
John Wilson


2012 2013
Chris Banks Rick Duprey
Denise O’Connor Kim Frohling
Karen Spitzer Beth Kaplan
Donna Woody Lisa Schillig


2014 2015
Frans de Calonne Melinda Dixon
Geoff Livingston Brad Pyfrin
Marshall Osofsky Joe Schelorke
Cindy Reppel Nancy Vidal