‘Hats Off’ awards to celebrate local nonprofits


The third annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards take place Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Harriett Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach, honoring Palm Beach County’s nonprofit sector for dedication to service and the business of doing good. 

Nonprofits First hosts this annual event, and the public is asked to submit nominations through Aug. 15 online at HatsOffAwards.org.

Nominees – as well as award winners – will be invited and recognized at the hat-themed cocktail reception in October from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

 “These awards are different because they celebrate the entire nonprofit community, not just the award winners,” said Nonprofits First CEO Jessica Cecere. “We pay tribute to all of the nominees and their contributions to our community. So when you nominate someone, you know that person is going to be saluted.”

Nominations are being accepted in nine categories, including awards for organizations and individuals. Go online to HatsOffAwards.org for details of each category and to submit nominations.

“Last year’s Hats Off Awards event sold out at 350 guests, so we encourage people to get their nominations and sponsorships submitted early, not to mention buy tickets.” Cecere said. “This is a growing, fun event that builds anticipation and excitement every year.”

Funds raised from this event benefit Nonprofits First education programs.

Pictured above: From left, Pattie Bremekamp, Gregory Demetriades and Jaime-Lee Brown of Community Partners of South Florida show off their hats at last year’s Hats Off Nonprofit Awards that honor Palm Beach County’s nonprofit sector. Photo courtesy of Nonprofits First

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