Neighborhood Expo & U.P.L.I.F.T. Awards

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The Norfolk Neighborhood Expo and U.P.L.I.F.T. Awards

In 2021, the Community U.P.L.I.F.T. Awards joined the Norfolk Neighborhood Expo on Saturday, September 11th at Lakewood Park.  Here is a list of the 2021 U.P.L.I.F.T. Award winners.

  • Linda Adams, Monticello Village Civic League
  • Abdul Aswad, Children of the Sun Athletic Education Foundation
  • Father Eric Ayers, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - Norfolk
  • Christie Banks, Beacon Light (Berkley) Civic League
  • Faheem  Boyd, Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
  • Marvette Dillard, Olde Huntersville Civic League
  • Michael Evans, Lindenwood Civic League
  • Joe Friszolowski , Mercy Drops Dream Center
  • Pastor Kirk Houston, Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Mike Howie, Azalea Acres/Lakes Civic League
  • Nate Jones, C.E.R.T.
  • Keep Norfolk Beautiful
  • Shannel  Lundy, Beacon Light (Berkley) Civic League
  • Officer James McCoy, Norfolk Police Department
  • Eric Nelson, Crudo Nudo Restaurant
  • NAACP Norfolk Youth
  • Anne Odell, Friends of Norfolk Animal Cares Center, NEST and others
  • Michael Palmer, Berkley Supermarket
  • Chantel Randolph, Primeplus Senior Centers
  • Steve and Vanessa Sigmon           
  • Lisa Suhay, writer
  • Wanda Turner, Middle Towne Arch at Broad Creek Civic League
  • Elizabeth Walker, Azalea Acres/ Azalea Lakes Civic League
  • Ateba Whitaker, Unreasonable Kids College
  • Cheryl White, Elizabeth River Trail Foundation
  • Raytron White, Grandy Village TMC
  • Lisa Wilder, Beacon Light (Berkley) Civic League
  • Pastor Jim Wood, First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk

(The slideshow pictures above were submitted with nominations.  Not all nominations included pictures.)

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

The Community U.P.L.I.F.T. (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship & Teamwork) Awards seek to recognize those who performed an act of service that benefited their community and the residents of Norfolk during the pandemic. This includes 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.  Winners met the criteria below.

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 September 2020
  • Nominations must be made by someone other than the individual/group being nominated 
  • Nominees can not be UPLIFT Award winners from 2020 (see list)