The Manatee County Tax Collector’s “Lillie Award” is named for Lillie Robinson, who donated thousands of hours to the community before her untimely death in 2012. Employees are nominated by their peers, the winner selected by The Senior Team and announced at the Columbus Day in-service work day held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
This year’s nominees were Christine Rodkey for her work with feral cats; Wayne Hoefle for volunteering the most hours 136, Sara Sasada’s volunteer work with 4H, Salvation Army and other organizations, Kristine Reeves’ mission trips, Tiffany Gould (2017 winner) for church activities, Sharmaine Bridges community service, and Tanya Ranney’s work-life balance.
The 2018 Lillie Robinson Humanitarian Award recipient is Sara Sasada. Sara has logged 108.5 service hours by volunteering and being very active in our community. She is involved in many activities organizing the office participation in the meal prep/packing event for the homeless at the Salvation Army, plus she participates in almost every office-related volunteering event (rowing championship, shredding event, blood donations, etc.) and she promotes these events to encourage others to participate and get involved as well. One person can make a difference, but there is power in numbers!
Sara donates many hours as a 4-H leader. She helps guide youth in learning about rabbits with a focus on leadership. Sara is responsible for organizing the program and keeps members and parents informed of how things are progressing. She plans the monthly meetings, maintains and responds to emails for the group daily, and meets with individual members and parents for extra help and assistance with their rabbits and record books. Sara is a member of the 4-H Rabbit Committee as well. The committee assists in the planning of 3 main events for 4H/FFA rabbit-related projects (The Rabbit Expo, The Rabbit Show, and the Rabbit Festivities at the Manatee County Fair). Sara even partners with Haile Middle School to assist school children with their pigs.
For over 6 years, Sara has volunteered at Bayside Community Church every Sunday. She assists with the children, monitoring their check-in process, welcoming new guests, leading families to their children's rooms, assisting during services, and helping in the nursery.
And in her “spare” time, Sara volunteers at Raymond James Stadium events to raise support for the Bloomingdale Bullets baseball team, plus the Crystal Lakes Fishing Tournament, Conley Bull Riding Tournament, and other events at the County Fair.
Sara Sasada exemplifies our core values of Integrity and Respect, Teamwork, Community and Social Responsibility and it is for these reasons she was selected as the 2018 Lillie Award recipient. The award carries with it a certificate, name engraved on the trophy, listed on the Lillie Robinson Humanitarian Award page the office web, a Popi’s Restaurants gift certificate, a bonus unileave day and names a themed casual day in her honor.
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