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Stacey King… Heartwell Award Honoree 2021

Pictured: Donna Kraus (l) and Stacey King (r)

On Tuesday, May 17, the NIA recognized Stacey King's outstanding community contributions by presenting her with the prestigious Heartwell Award.

Donna Kraus, the immediate prior recipient, spoke and presented the award. Following is an excerpt from Donna's comments:

"I'm presenting tonight the Jimmy Heartwell Award which has not been given in 2 years. The award, first bestowed in 1968, recognizes extraordinary service to the Naples community. It is named for former resident Jimmy Heartwell who is well known for his outstanding commitment and volunteerism in working to improve Naples and the community at large.

Each year since 1968, the Jimmy Heartwell Memorial Award has honored an individual or a couple for outstanding service in Naples. It is the highest honor given in our community. This year's recipient has lived in Naples over 20 years and has contributed to our community in many ways, including: judging holiday home decor, decorating the Santa Float for the boat parade, assisting with the annual Chili Cookoff, and volunteering at the Pancake Breakfast - #1 best U-Haul driver ever! She has given so much time with the guidance to the young women of the Naples Contessa Program which organizes the Warm Coats Drive, leftover Halloween Candy sent to our military service, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, the 4th of July Bike Parade, and all Concert in the Park events, where her team sells baked goods. Outside of Naples she is involved with Justin Rudd's Operation Easter Basket… she devotes much time to collecting Easter baskets for less fortunate children.

She was born in Colorado Springs with her twin sister, Tina. Her parents are Richard Ashby Dadisman (The Commander) and Marian Dadisman. She was raised in Almaden Valley (south San Jose) California and has been married to Steve for the last 29 years. She has 3 beautiful children - Jessie, Julia, and Scottie. She and her family can be spotted in Catalina, enjoying the island on their boat the Reel Kings. She always, I mean always, has a smile on her face. She is generous with her time and a problem solver, making her a perfect candidate for this years award.

Stacey, THANK YOU for being a dedicated leader!"

Pictured: Donna Kraus (l) and Stacey King (r)

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