Governor Jack Markell will honor 31 individuals and groups at the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Oct. 25 at Dover Downs.

Governor Jack Markell will honor 31 individuals and groups at the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Oct. 25 at Dover Downs.

More than 400 people are expected at the event. This year's award recipients participate in diverse activities such as protecting the environment, working to advance the arts and culture, and improving education.

The recipients are:

Paul Wilkingon Lifetime Achievement Award: Tonda L. Parks, Dover

Individual winners

New Castle County
Chrissy Montgomery, Wilmington, Arts & Culture
Joan Sharp, Wilmington, Community Service
Donald Schaeffer, Wilmington, Community Service
Jeanne Kasey, Wilmington, Education
Ali McDonough, Wilmington, Health
Nancy Goyda, Wilmington, Human Needs
James A. Hunter, Wilmington, Human Needs
Rosemary Kingery, Hockessin, Human Needs
Karyn Wilson, New Castle, Human Needs

Kent County
Judy Saladino, Dover, Health

Sussex County
David Christy, Lewes, Arts & Culture
Dara Hearn, Lewes, Education
Sallie Forman, Rehoboth Beach, Environment
Dianne Twining, Laurel, Environment
Marie McIntosh, Frankford, Human Needs
Pat Short, Lewes, Human Needs

Group winners

New Castle County
DBCC's Great Stuff Savvy Resale Volunteer Team, Community Service
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Community Service
Beth and Brian Engler, Education
Department of Health and Social Services-Garden Projects for People with Physical and/or Mental Disabilities, Environment
Secret Garden Volunteers, Environment
The Alternatives to Violence Project, Social Justice/Advocacy

Kent County
Advance through Pardons and Expungements, National Service

Sussex County
Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Community Service
The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Volunteers (MERR), Environment
Nanticoke Creekwatchers, Environment
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Family Services Committee, Human Needs
St. Phillips Youth Host Group, Human Needs
Delaware SPCA, Sussex Chapter Volunteers, Other - Animal Welfare

Statewide
Reading Assist Institute Volunteer Tutors, Education.

The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public and tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets call (302) 857-5006 or visit www.volunteerdelaware.org