Sarah Woolf Spirit Award

The Sarah Woolf CVI Spirit Award is presented annually to a CVI client who demonstrates a courageous spirit that inspires others. Created by CVI’s Board of Trustees, this award honors the memory of Sarah Woolf, who demonstrated exceptional courage and spirit in spite of grave health challenges. Sarah was the daughter of Bill and Donna Woolf. Bill, who served as CVI’s Senior Vice President, retired from CVI in 2014 after 24 years of service.

Sarah was a junior in high school when she died from bone cancer in March 2002. Sarah remained focused on living as fully as possible despite her illness and the many treatments she had to endure. She demonstrated this focus by earning all A's while taking the most challenging courses available and by her relentless optimism in the face of her life-threatening disease. It is her determination to excel and her joyous approach to life that the Center celebrates and remembers through this award.

Candidates for the award may be nominated by CVI staff, friends and family members of past or current clients, or CVI volunteers. Judging criteria includes:

  • How well the nominee exemplifies CVI’s mission to empower people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity.
  • Selfless acts of service to others.
  • The ability to rise above the challenges that come with vision loss.

The award is presented annually in a ceremony during the combined meeting of the CVI and CVIF trustees in May.

Award Recipients:

2017 Tony Velo — STARS

2016 Laurrie “McClain” Hermes – STARS

2015 Aracely Rosillo – BEGIN, STARS & New View

2014 Ali Lawson – STARS

2013 Sanequa Lambert (mom) and Kameron Taylor (child) – BEGIN

2012 Tomica Savoy – New View Adult Services

2011 Tim Smith – New View Adult Services

2010 Michelle Plunkett – New View Adult Services

2009 Brian Clayton – New View Adult Services

2008 Barbara Henry – New View Adult Services

2007 Malik Wilson – STARS

2006 The Love Family – BEGIN

2005 Georgia Nunnally – Community Adult Services

2004 Desta Tesfai – Adult Services

2003 Kevin Dunn – Adult Services