pinnacle winners

SunFest Recognizes 2022 Volunteers Of The Year

Local residents were honored during a special Team SunFest volunteer award reception on Wednesday, July 27 at Duffy’s Sports Bar and Grill in Palm Beach Gardens. Four volunteers received the elite distinction of SunFest 2022 President’s Pinnacle Award for outstanding volunteer service during the 38th annual waterfront music festival. Nominations were submitted by the SunFest president, previous award winners, staff and SunFest committee representatives and were presented by newly elected 2023 SunFest Board President Marshall Osofsky. 

“This prestigious award recognizes a volunteer or volunteers who have exhibited exceptional dedication to the event and who have contributed to its success in ways above and beyond what was expected of them,” said Osofsky. “SunFest has over 2,300 volunteers that give their time and experience to help make SunFest enjoyable for the community. This past SunFest, we had over 1,396 first time volunteers and all of our volunteers worked over 27,000 hours. We couldn’t produce the community-oriented festival without them.”

This year’s recipients of the SunFest President’s Pinnacle Award are:

Alyse Gonzalez of Royal Palm Beach serves as a Vice Chair on the Band Merchandise committee. She has volunteered for 6 years. Gonzalez works as a legal assistant for Searcy Denney.

Mario Martinez of Boynton Beach serves as Vice Chair of the Membership Committee. He has volunteered for more 10 years. Martinez works as an engineer for the School District of Palm Beach County and coaches girls softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer at Atlantic Community High School.

Alishia Parenteau of Indiantown serves as a Vice Chair of the Sponsorship Committee. She has volunteered for 27 years. Parenteau is an independent consultant.

Jared Schorr of Loxahatchee serves as the Vice Chair of the Central Inventory Committee and has been volunteering for 13 years. Schorr works for Costco.

SunFest is produced by SunFest of Palm Beach County, Inc., a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. SunFest of Palm Beach County, Inc. consists of a 23-member board of directors; 25 committees; more than 2,300 volunteers; a full-time, year-round staff of 4; and approximately 80 corporate sponsors. SunFest is funded in part by the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council through the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. SunFest is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

For more information about SunFest, visit or call (561) 659-5980.

Photo from left: Alisha Parenteau; Marshall Osofsky, SunFest President; Jared Schorr; Maria Martinez. Alyse Gonzalez is not pictured.