Tallahassee Democrat Named G.C. Murray II Top Volunteer of the Year
G.C. Murray II, Esq., DPL, was honored during the Tallahassee Democrat’s Volunteer of the Year luncheon, sponsored by First Commerce Credit Union, on May 3 at Florida State University.
A 40-year tradition, Volunteer of the Year honors local volunteers who have selflessly served Tallahassee to make it a better place for all. This prestigious recognition is bestowed upon an overall Volunteer of the Year who is chosen to represent Leon County, Florida at the Jefferson Awards, the nation’s most prestigious public service awards.
Murray, the winner in the Education Category, and the overall winner from among hundreds of nominees and finalists traveled to Washington D.C., courtesy of sponsor CenturyLink to compete in the Jefferson Awards.
Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, the awards recognize the nation’s top public service leaders and volunteers.
Murray has served as Deputy General Counsel, Special Counsel, and Director of Membership at the Florida Justice Association. In addition to his work at the Florida Justice Association, Murray operates Association GC which focuses on nonprofit management and consulting.
Murray’s community leadership roles including serving as Governor for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 32, and Leadership Florida Connect Class VII. Murray also founded the Innovative Community Engagement (ICE) Foundation, which provides mentorship, service, and professional development in its servicing communities.
Murray has provided thousands of hours of service to youth in Tallahassee and its surrounding communities since founding ICE in 2014. The organization, comprised of volunteers, is headquartered in Tallahassee and has chapters in South Florida, Orlando, Naples, Jacksonville, Washington D.C, and Chicago. Murray leads each ICE initiative with passion and dedication. Facilitating
“One of the things I’ve always been told is you have to give what you’ve received,” Murray said in the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m definitely the beneficiary of community service … service has been in my heart and life since I was born.”
In addition to Murray’s award, ICE was recognized as a finalist in the Volunteers of the Year Nonprofit Category.
“I am honored by this opportunity to spread the word about what ICE is doing in Tallahassee and throughout the state,” Murray said. “We are proof that volunteers, working together, can make a difference in the lives of our youth and community. I look forward to growing ICE and creating more opportunities for community service.”
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