Call for nominations for Spirit of the Vineyard Award

Patricia "Paddy" Moore was the most recent Spirit of the Vineyard award recipient. — MV Times

Nominations for the Spirit of the Vineyard Award are now open. 

The annual award honors those who have volunteered for one or more nonprofit organizations on the Island, and whose work has made a difference to individuals and to the community as a whole. 

The criteria for selection include selflessness, the range and depth of service performed, the length of volunteer service, and the effect on the quality of life of the individuals who received help and for the Island community as a whole.

The sponsor of this award, Vineyard Village at Home, relies on dedicated volunteers, the organization says in a press release.

Nominations can be emailed to or sent to Spirit of the Vineyard, c/o Susie Wallo, P.O. Box 488, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Nominations for this year’s award will close on April 14.

Past recipients include Jack Ware, Estelle Surprenant, Ron Rappaport, the Possible Dreams Auction Committees past and present, Nellie Mendenhall, Kerry Alley, Dorothy Bangs, Judy Williamson, the M.V. Harley Riders, Polly Brown, Melinda Loberg, Denys and Marilyn Wortman. Emily Bramhall, Edo Potter, Greg Orcutt, Margot Weston, John Early, Patricia Bergeron, Armen and Vickie Hanjian, Jean Lewellyn, Chris Porterfield, Susie Wallo, Brian Athearn, and Paddy Moore.