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These awards were presented on March 4, 2013

Individual Volunteer of the Year – Sarah Brooks

As a master gardener who has been involved for over 15 years, Sarah Brooks has spent countless hours each spring beautifying the entrance of Forest Hill Cemetery.  As a volunteer flower gardener, Sarah has been responsible for planting and maintaining beautiful flower beds each year.  In addition she also has been delighting the community with colorful, creative and surprise art installations that add a whimsical, magical touch at the Forest Hill Cemetery and as part of Ride the Drive. “It is truly amazing how many people stop in to comment about how it always puts a smile on their face as they pass by on their way to and from work,” Kevin Sorenson said. “My personal favorite was the giant asparagus spears that looked to be straight out of Jack and the Beanstalk!”


Volunteer Group of the Year – Friends of Cherokee Marsh

Formed in 2006, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh has maintained their pledge to protect, preserve and restore the beauty, value and health of the Cherokee Marsh and upper Yahara watershed. Their tireless advocacy and volunteer efforts have supported land acquisition, enhanced restoration efforts, and inspired pride in conservation parks and native wetlands. They’ve written numerous articles in the Northside News educating the public about the unique natural values of the Cherokee Marsh, and have organized numerous restoration projects.  The Friends of Cherokee Marsh are a great example to follow in the preservation of our wonderful conservation parks.

Madison Park Spirit of Service Award – Mary Caulfield

The Spirit of Service award is awarded based on extraordinary commitment to Madison Parks as well as showcasing leadership, inspiration, enthusiasm and contribution to the betterment of Madison Parks. Mary Caulfield has been a volunteer since 1982 and a lifelong advocate for Parks in the Waunona Neighborhood. Spending countless hours coordinating efforts and volunteers in Paunack, Waunona and Thut Parks, and Esther Beach, Mary’s diligent efforts have been far reaching.  She was instrumental in the support for new playground equipment and amenities at Thut Park.  Additionally, she has coordinated Earth Day projects and the planting of several trees and flower beds.  Her leadership has kept others involved and helped maintain great recreational parks and outlets for her neighborhood parks. 

Madison Parks Corporate Sponsor of the Year – 105.5 FM Triple M

Since the event began in 2009, Triple M has been a Champion of Ride the Drive.  They have help spread the word far and wide by serving as the main media sponsor for each event.  Not only do they help to promote the event to their listening community, but also are instrumental in coordinating and providing musical entertainment and an emcee for the event.   In addition, to supporting special events, the Triple M Green Team has supported Madison Parks through volunteerism over the years. Volunteers have assisted at the Goodman Pool and other parks clean up projects.


Madison Parks Partner of the Year – Shelley Glover Sports Education Foundation

Dedicated to promoting athleticism, leadership and entrepreneurial skills to youth of all ages and abilities, the Shelley Glover Foundation has engaged and impacted the community in a positive light. The Shelley Glover Foundation has been instrumental in supporting the Goodman Waves Swim Team, the city of Madison’s only public pool swim team, and the Goodman Pool through scholarships for swim lessons, swim team memberships, and pool memberships for children in need who attend the Goodman Pool.  Each year, the Foundation hosts the Kids Swimming for Kids program and over 500 children from area pools and swim clubs participate in swim-a-thons to raise the money to provide scholarships. These scholarships went to support 40% of the swimmers for the Goodman Pool swim team.