NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Hospital Corpsman First Class (FMF/SCW) Stacy Pruitt of Naval Supply Systems command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Norfolk has been awarded the Military Associate of the Year award from the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation, in cooperation with Visit Norfolk organization.
Pruitt was recognized at the Norfolk Champions of Hospitality Rally on May 8 at the Waterside District for her efforts and superior service as a volunteer. For the past two years, she has coordinated a group of volunteers from NAVSUP FLC Norfolk to assist with the annual Norfolk NATO Festival to assist with unloading busses and walking 2,500 attendees to their seats during the parade. According to LSCM Gregory Bell, who nominated Pruitt, the volunteers are always extremely professional, on time and great with the clients and attendees.
The Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation and VisitNorfolk encouraged the City of Norfolk community to nominate top hospitality workers in celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week taking place May 6-12. Tourism is a major contributor to the City of Norfolk's economy. The Norfolk Tourism Awards 2018 is a celebration of all the region has to offer and looks to reward companies and individuals who live, work, and love the place they call home.
"I nominated HM1 Pruitt for the Military Associate of the Year award because she has been the driving force in gathering 60 plus Sailors to volunteer the last two years for the NATO Festival parade" said Bell. "She has an infectious positive attitude along with great leadership qualities that has allowed Sailors to gravitate towards her and provide her any support that she needs."
"I was surprised and it was truly an honor to be nominated," said Pruitt. "I am immensely grateful for the consideration by my leadership and honored to have actually been selected. I feel very blessed to receive the nomination and selection this year but I don't think I did anything different or special to really stand out on my own. I believe everyone that volunteers makes a difference in the community, and many of the events I volunteered for it was not just me volunteering - it was a team of us."
The NATO Festival is not the only event Pruitt volunteers her time to support. She has also given time to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, Adopt-a-Spot, and has served as a presenter during Career Day at Oceanair Elementary School in Norfolk for the past two years. "You may never know the impact that you are making on individuals or even the community and I think everyone should take the opportunity to volunteer no matter how short of time it is," said Pruitt.
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