FLORIDA TODAY’s Suzy Fleming Leonard recaps the top honorees from the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Awards. Video by Rob Landers. Posted 11/16/17


When a disabled resident needs help finding a job, Bridges steps in. But not for the recognition.

When a hungry child needs a good meal, Sandra Price Pelham feeds them. But not for the recognition.

When a cause arose in town, the late Bill Ellis volunteered his time. But not for the recognition.

And when Hurricane Irma blew out power for most of the state, Florida Power & Light worked until it was restored. But not for the recognition.

These recipients of FLORIDA TODAY’s 26th annual Volunteer Recognition Awards were honored at Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa campus on Thursday night for their endless work to better Brevard County. Former FLORIDA TODAY publisher Mike Coleman started the Volunteer Recognition Awards in 1992 to celebrate the spirit of giving back.