Nettie Finkle Award

Now accepting nominations!


The Town of Palm Beach United Way Nettie Finkle Award is an annual award that honors an individual who exemplifies volunteerism and whose commitment to bringing hope, promise and opportunity into the lives of others has left a lasting, positive impact on a person, group or community at large.

All Town of Palm Beach United Way nonprofit partner agencies are eligible to nominate a volunteer.

CLICK HERE to download the nomination form!

For more information, please call 561-655-1919.



March 1, 2024 - Agency nominations due

April 1, 2024 - Agencies notified and finalists invited to Town of Palm Beach United Way Annual Meeting

May 2, 2024 - Winner announced at Annual Meeting at The Breakers


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2023 Award Recipient - Eddie Rhodes




The Town of Palm Beach United Way congratulates Eddie Rhodes, recipient of the 2023 Nettie Finkle Award for outstanding volunteer service. Mr. Rhodes has been a volunteer mentor at Take Stock in Children since 2011 and a pillar of society in the Belle Glade and Pahokee region for many years.

Past Recipients

2022 — Kathleen Waddell, El Sol
2021 — Not awarded
2020 — Not awarded
2019 — Linda King, 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast
2018 — Richard Abedon, The Glades Initiative
2017 — Tammy Culmer, Take Stock in Children of Palm Beach County
2016 — Dale Bruhn, Alzheimer’s Community Care
2015 — Nathan “Nat” Price, 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast
2014 — Michael Gauger, Families First of Palm Beach County
2013 — Marion Straton, Opportunity, Inc.
2012 — Nancy Edwards, C.R.O.S. Ministries
2011 — Wallace Turner, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
2010 — Betty Bell, Families First of Palm Beach County
2009 — Melvin Lazerick, Big Brothers Big Sisters of PBC
2008 — Cheryl Crowley, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
2007 — Danielle A. Hickox, The Arc of Palm Beach County
2006 — Margaret Meisels, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
2005 — Edith Bush, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
2004 — Richard Friedkin, Alpert Jewish Children and Family Services
2003 — Dan and Jacquie Shorter, Daily Bread Food Bank


Nettie Finkle was an outstanding member of the Palm Beach community and an exceptional volunteer for several charitable organizations. Her 75 years of community service, across states and continents, demonstrated that people all over the world are concerned with the needs of their neighbors.  She helped those less fortunate through her extraordinary leadership, generosity and integrity.