The Junior League of Daytona Beach recently gave out its first Community Builder Award.
As a part of the Junior League of Daytona Beach’s 80th anniversary, the organization decided to present its first Community Builder Award. Gloria Cook, a former president of the Memorial Hospital in Ormond Beach’s board of directors, was the first recipient.
Cook first joined the league in 1956 and her list of volunteer work includes being the national president of the Easter Seals, a delegate to a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health, a member of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, a gray lady for the Red Cross and the first female chair on the Volusia County Personnel and Merit Board.
The award was presented to Cook for her significant impact on her community. She won $1000 to the charity of her choice, which she donated to the Easter Seals.
Cook mentioned that she could not have done all she has without the love and support of her husband Tom who she married in 1952, her daughter Vicki Cook Leonhardt and her daughter Sheryl Cook, who lives in Ormond Beach.