Meet the 2022 BEVY Volunteer Awards Nominees

Jerry Chou


This is Jerry’s first year as a volunteer. He volunteered for three events! He is a selfless individual, always working hard putting others first, while providing excellent customer service! A true volunteer sport!

Dianne Wallace 

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Dianne is always willing to help out wherever and whenever. She doesn’t hesitate to step in when she sees that someone needs help. She has been professional to all guests and staff, and makes sure to be engaged with everyone she interacts with! Dianne is a great ambassador to the festival!

Ulrich Erickson


Being nominated a few times, Ulric is probably a familiar face for most of you as he has been an all day operations crew member for ALL of our events. He has been described as having a great attitude, creating a welcoming environment, dependable, reliable, and always a friendly face.

Russell Brooks 

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As a first time volunteer, Russell has unselfishly devoted his time and energy to the Cherry Blossom Festival this year. He worked as operations, our customer service doggy support, keeping our lovely Cherry Blossom Trees safe, and held 2 ropes for the entirety of the parade.

Nike Alade 


Nike is a member of our Event Execution Committee (EEC), and has been an extroidary help to all of our events – it is no surprise she has been nominated numerous times. Nike stepped up at Parade and Petalpalooza as an operations leader and Pink Tie Dinner Party as our Manager.

Melissa Chin 

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Michele is passionate about the NCBF. She demonstrates her dedication to the organization by recruiting friends and family to volunteer, and serving at every opportunity. She enthusiastically shares her passion with visitors to the venues, providing accurate information and photo ops. She shows initiative in assisting staff with physical tasks, and shares her experiences on NCBF’s social media platforms. It’s not unusual for Michele to bring freshly baked goodies for the staff and volunteers to enjoy.

Michelle Brooks 

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Michelle was very dedicated and determined to helping others. Michelle was very organized, and punctual. Michelle was present during inclimate weather displaying her commitment to the NCBF. Michelle has very positive, and upbeat personality that helped consumers feel welcomed while appreciated at the same. Michelle also came in to help during days she was not scheduled to help in anyway possible.

Michael McCleary 


Michael was very professional and informative in his approach to help others. Michael has a very welcoming personality that attracts everyone he encounters. Michael knows DC very well, he was very helpful while giving directions and helping tourists navigate the Tidal Basin. It was a pleasure to have Michael’s presence during our time together at the tidal basin.

Kashvi Ramani 


Directed all parade entries (vehicles and walkers) off the parade route at the end so they do not stop on the route causing a backup. Also stepped up and helped with prop coordinator in collections, as that team was short staffed.

Josh Strenger

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Josh is no stranger to the Festival having been a volunteer for many years.  Each year he takes on more responsibility.  This year in addition to his role as Operations Manager at Petalpalooza he volunteered at Pink Tie Party, Opening Ceremony, and was a Balloon Manager at Parade.  When asked to volunteer at these additional events he enthusiastically agreed.  His dedication is unmatched, and his can-do attitude greatly appreciated.

Diana Nichols 

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Diana Nichols (pictured on the right) has volunteered with the festival for 20 something odd years – so we are sure you have seen her around. JUST this year she had shifts at Tidal Basin, Petalpalooza, Blossom Kite Festival, Pink Tie Dinner Party, and Paws & Petals Yappy Hour – all in addition to coming into our office on a monthly basis to help us out! Thanks Diana for all you do 🙂

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