26th Annual Service to Children Awards

They’re often the unsung heroes of our community, but each spring we sing their praises. For 26 years, Family Futures has been recognizing individuals and community groups whose efforts have significantly helped protect children and strengthen families.

The 2014 Service to Children Awards celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Mayor George Heartwell will be the event emcee and there will be a performance by the Girls’ Choral Academy.

2014 Service to Children Award Recipients

Family Futures is excited to announce that the 2014 Service to Children Award recipients have been selected. The Selections Committee had the difficult task before them of choosing just five individuals and groups from a large pool of outstanding nominations, further proof that Kent County is fortunate to have so many individuals and organizations working to ensure the safety, health, and happiness of children in our community. This year’s award recipients are as follows:

  • Booker T. Washington Volunteer Award: Marlene Vitasinski, Volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kent County (CASA)

  • Christine Nelson Professional Award: Tanya Muehlbauer, Director of KIDZ Have Rights Program with Children’s Assessment Center

  • Lifetime Child Advocate Award: Mary Hockwalt, Executive Director of Head Start for Kent County

  • Community Group Professional Award: Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kent County (CASA)

  • Outrageous Collaboration (NEW!): Urban Core Collective


Please complete the form below to register for the 2014 Service to Children Awards. If you have nay questions, please email Bryana Hopkins at STCA@familyfutures.net or 616-855-5461. We look forward to having you join us for the event!

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A special thank you to our 2014 Service to Children Award Sponsors