Douglas County's top volunteers were recognized Tuesday night during the fifth annual Celebration of Volunteerism ceremony.
Awards for four outstanding volunteer efforts were presented by Roger Hill Volunteer Center representatives at Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 1245 N.H.
Ed and Betty Dutton were named Award of Excellence winners this year for their work on the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, which provides free meals.
The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Casey Kutter for her work with Headquarters, a local counseling agency.
The Group Volunteer Project of the Year was awarded to the United Way of Douglas County Day of Caring, with Rick Bellinger as chair. More than 450 people were involved in the event, which included more than 50 projects.
Kansas University student Kristi Willhite was named Student Volunteer of the Year for her work for Hospice Care, which provides support for people who are terminally ill.
Nominees must have done their work without financial compensation.
Winners were judged based on the need in which they served, the level of involvement, impact, amount of time spent and the number of unusual challenges that were overcome.
Profiles of some of the nominees and winners will be featured in the Living/Arts section of Sunday's Journal-World.