By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Willy Gamalero was honored as the Most Outstanding Community Volunteer of the Year. This honor was given to him at the wrap-up party for the 2010 United Way of the Big Bend Campaign. The Madison team, chaired by Gamalero and two other counties, were chosen from seven counties to receive this honor.
Gamalero has represented the Madison County United Way team, as their Chairman for two years. He is also the President of the Kiwanis Club of Madison. He mentors students at Madison County Central School and leads devotionals for the Madison County High School baseball team. He is also a part of the Relay for Life Committee by sponsorship, a Deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church and a T-ball coach. To say that Gamalero is community-minded is an understatement.
Madison County has always been known for its small town charms and community-driven attitude. Now, thanks to Willy Gamalero and the rest of the United Way of the Big Bend team, Madison is also known as one of the most giving communities in Florida. Nestle Waters of Madison also received a Leadership Giver Award at the wrap up party. This award represents eight individuals who gave at least $1,000 to the Madison County United Way Campaign.
“I feel that I am called to serve people and being able to volunteer within my community does just that! Receiving this award is humbling because I did not serve as the Chair of Madison United Way to bring recognition to me, but to help other people,” said Gamalero.
Willy Gamalero graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1995. In 1998, he received an AA Degree from North Florida Community College. Then in 2000, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Florida State University. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 10 years, and they have two beautiful sons. Gabe, 6, and Ben, 3. He has been a Financial Advisor for Madison County Community Bank for three years.