pinnacle awards

SunFest Recognizes 2023 Volunteers Of The Year

Long-time SunFest volunteers were honored during a special Team SunFest volunteer award reception recently at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Palm Beach Gardens. Four volunteers received the elite distinction of SunFest 2023 President’s Pinnacle Award for outstanding volunteer service during the 39th annual waterfront music festival. Nominations were submitted by the SunFest president, previous award winners, staff and SunFest committee representatives and were presented by Marshall Osofsky, SunFest 2023 President.

“This prestigious award recognizes 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 2,100 volunteers that give their time and experience to help make the festival enjoyable for the community. This past SunFest, we had over 1,018 first time volunteers and all of our volunteers worked a cumulative 20,000 hours. We couldn’t produce the festival without them.”

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

Linda Banaszek of Live Oak serves as the Committee Chair of Transportation. Linda has been volunteering for over 17 years and is retired from the Palm Beach County School District.

Terra Dale of Jupiter is a Committee Member on the Backstage Hospitality committee and has been volunteering for over 10 years. She is a teacher at Lighthouse Elementary in Jupiter.

Kwazi Hunt of West Palm Beach has served as Vice Chair of the Sponsorship committee since 2018. He has been volunteering since 2015 and he works as NPI Project Manager for DePuy Synthes Companies.

Danielle Priddy of Port St. Lucie has been volunteering at SunFest for almost 20 years.  She has served on multiple committees, currently serving as the Committee Chair for Dispatch. Danielle works for Bowman.

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 21-member board of directors; 19 committees; more than 2,100 volunteers; a full-time, year-round staff of 4; and approximately 75 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 through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Photo from left: Danielle Priddy, Linda Banaszek, Kwazi Hunt and SunFest 2023 President Marshall Osofsky. Terra Dale is not pictured.