Community UPLIFT Awards

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U.P.L.I.F.T. Award Winners


  • Bishop Vanessa Edwards, Greater Emmanuel Ministries
  • Black Lives Matter 757
  • Brandon Praileau, Wesley Union AME ChurchUplift -Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship, Teamwork
  • David and LeAnne Brenner
  • Deirdre Love, Teens With a Purpose
  • DJ Bee, Freshtopia
  • Downtown Norfolk Council Ambassadors
  • Dr. Monique Matuskowitz
  • Jan House
  • Jeff Montgomery, Empowering Youth 2 Serve
  • Judy Swystun, Coastal Rides
  • Lavonne Pledger
  • Nikki Southall
  • NRHA, Out of School Youth Program
  • Reading Enriches All Children (R.E.A.C.H)
  • St. Paul's Community Development Corporation
  • Stacie Walls, LGBT Life Center
  • Tanya and James Prosser, Penguins Snowballs
  • Virginia Career Works

About the U.P.L.I.F.T. Awards

The 2020 Community U.P.L.I.F.T (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship & Teamwork) Awards recognizes those who performed an act of service that benefited their community and the residents of Norfolk in response to COVID-19. This included individuals, civic leagues or community organizations, businesses, non-profits, and religious organizations – any individual or group that made a meaningful impact in the community to help others during the pandemic.  Nominations were taken from September 4th through the 25th, 2020.  If they met the criteria below, they were recognized with an U.P.L.I.F.T. Award at a drive-in ceremony on October 10th.  

Nomination Criteria 

  • Contribution or service must have UPLIFTed the community in a way that promotes Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship, or Teamwork
  • Nominees must have contributed to the broader community 
  • Contribution or service must have taken place in Norfolk and/or benefited residents of Norfolk 
  • Contribution or service must have been performed anytime since March 2020 
  • Nominations must be made by someone other than the individual/group being nominated Pictures and videos are encouraged