Service to Children Awards

They’re often the unsung heroes of our community, but each spring we sing their praises. The Service to Children Awards is an opportunity to recognize individuals and community groups whose efforts have significantly helped protect children and strengthen families.

The 2016 Service to Children Awards celebration was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Thank you to all of those that joined us!

2016 Service to Children Award Recipients

Dan De VriesBooker T. Washington Volunteer Award

Dan DeVries, Volunteer at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding




Maranda_HeadshotChristine Nelson Professional Award

Lori “Maranda” Cook, WOTV4 Women, Kids, and Family Expert






Community Group Professional Award

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT)



Amanda Winn_TJH3192Rising Star Award

Amanda Winn, Founder and Executive Director of Children’s Healing Center




Lifetime Child Advocate Award

Joan Dyer-Zyskowski, Public Health Program Supervisor at Kent County Health Department







Click here to see a list of past recipients OR here to see our award recipient videos and the full 2015 Service to Children Awards ceremony.


2016 Service to Children Award Sponsors

Family Futures would like to thank our event sponsors that make it possible for us to recognize the individuals and groups in our community that support children and families. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities for your business or organization, please contact Jenine Prus, Chief Advancement Officer, at or click here for more information.



Title Sponsor

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Award Champion

Award Champion


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Media Sponsor