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

Join the Department of Neighborhood Services at the 2022 Norfolk Neighborhood Expo on Saturday, September 17th from 11am – 3pm at Northside Park, 8400 Tidewater Drive.  It’s time to come together and Craft Community Connections with residents of all ages, neighborhoods, and backgrounds.  Let’s celebrate what makes Norfolk great! Enjoy exhibitors, food, prizes, music, raffles and entertainment with your neighbors and family.

The Expo will also feature the U.P.L.I.F.T. (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship & Teamwork) Awards which serves to recognize those who have performed an act of service that benefitted the community and the residents of Norfolk in 2022. This may include individuals, civic leagues or community organizations, businesses, non-profits, or religious organizations – any individual or group that made a meaningful impact in the community to help others. 

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 2021
  • Nominations must be made by someone other than the individual/group being nominated 
  • Nominees can not be UPLIFT Award winners from 2020 or 2021 (see 2020 list)

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.)