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2019 VIV Awards
On August 24th, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada hosted a night of food, fun, and giveaways at The Wishing Place to honor the dedicated volunteers who give their time and talents to transform lives, one wish at at a time.

The VIV - Very Important Volunteer - Awards, presented by Southwest Medical, recognized the volunteers who made a difference this year, collectively giving more than 4,000 volunteer hours, a priceless contribution. 

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Congratulations to all of the nominees and our 2019 VIV Award Winners!

Junior Volunteer of the Year

Veronika Avagyan
Elli Deibert
Jenifer Do
Celina Guarino
Reese Rivera
Lauren Tomita

Office Volunteer of the Year

Sue Barone
Stephanie Driscoll
Dave Pomeroy
Valjean Tyndall

Wish Story Writer of the Year

Elle Gaensslen
Michelle Holstein
Sky McClain
Jennifer Minagil
Penny Redlin

Special Wish Projects/Unique Assignments

Nguyenchau Dinh
Stephanie Driscoll
Jimmy Gentry (tie)
James Pohl (tie)

Rose Smith
Michelle Wong

Best Volunteer in a Pinch

John Braschi
Cheryl Hartfield
Joe Lamberger
Pat Zozaya

Giving It Back Award

Serena Everest
Veronica Beauchamp

Hispanic Outreach Award

Liliana Bruscia
Jackie Corrales
Edgar Velazquez
Pat Zozaya

Best Volunteer Partnership/Team

Shahn Douglas & Justin Cohen
Tom & Kristina Facer
Pat & Dave Revzin

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Betty Evans
Brent Lessing

Wish Design Superstar

Angela Fitting
Jimmy Gentry

Wish Discovery Volunteer of the Year

Sue Barone
Jill Gilliam
Andrea Hadhazy
Lynn Verniero

Volunteer of the Year

Norma Ellis
Angela Fitting
Jimmy Gentry
Jill Gilliam
Lynn Verniero

Thank you to all our community partners who made this such a special evening!

  • Southwest Medical, presenting sponsor
  • Audio Visual Advisors
  • Breakthru Beverage
  • Chocolate Buzzz
  • CPR Tents and Events
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Elegant Events Las Vegas
  • Flour & Barley
  • Mad-Hatter Cupcakes
  • Marc Stout from Wynn Nightlife
  • Social Snap Photobooth

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