FDDF Names 2015 Volunteer Award Winners

Freeport, Ill. – The Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (FDDF) honors volunteers each year with three awards. They are please to announce the 2015 winners.

The Rising Star Award is given to an outstanding ‘up and coming’ volunteer in the community. It recognizes an individual who stepped up to help downtown move forward. This year, the award was given to Nick Jupin. Nick helped organize two downtown events and was pivotal to their success.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made it their mission to help downtown thrive. Ronnie Bush was named this year’s winner after leading the 3rd Ward for the City of Freeport, volunteering at events, and serving on the FDDF board of directors and committees for many years.

Michele Massoth was named The Jack Myers Volunteer of the Year. This award is given to an individual whose outstanding work made a substantial difference in downtown. Michele leads the Riverfront Business District committee, who were part of the pretzel shaped bike racks, shared bike lane, orange banners, welcome stone, landscaping, and attraction map that were all completed in 2015.

FDDF has over 300 volunteers that put in many hours each year. The FDDF board of directors and staff would like to thank every one of them for their help promoting downtown and for working hard to make it a wonderful place to be.

Freeport’s downtown is the core of the economic health of the city. With over 200 businesses, it is FDDF’s goal that the downtown district be a prime place to live, work, shop, and enjoy. Interested volunteers can contact the office at 815-232-9000.

From left, bottom row: Nick Jupin - Rising Star Michele Massoth - Jack Myers Volunteer of the Year Ronnie Bush - Lifetime Achievement From left, top row: Katie Gentz - FDDF office manager Josh Elliott - FDDF president Carole Dickerson - FDDF secretary Jami Spelman - FDDF treasurer Danielle Rogers - FDDF executive director
From left, bottom row:
Nick Jupin – Rising Star
Michele Massoth – Jack Myers Volunteer of the Year
Ronnie Bush – Lifetime Achievement
From left, top row:
Katie Gentz – FDDF office manager
Josh Elliott – FDDF president
Carole Dickerson – FDDF secretary
Jami Spelman – FDDF treasurer
Danielle Rogers – FDDF executive director

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