Creating Community in Downtown Savannah
Each year the DNA recognizes residents who make outstanding contributions in three categories: public service to the community, volunteerism at its highest level, and beautification of our neighborhood.
The DNA provides opportunities for its members to socialize and connect with their neighbors. Community is the theme for this page and the DNA which wouldn’t be successful without community connections.
The DNA awards grants to community organizations that have an impact on the greater downtown area, particularly those that help or enrich the residential quality of life. Learn more about the 2023 recipients.
2023 DNA Awards to Residents
Nominations are made by the membership for these awards, and the Board of Directors is grateful for their suggestions. Congratulations to this year's recipients!
The Robert "Bob" McAlister Public Service Award
Recipients: Nancy Radke, Steve Mott, Patti Mott, Kristin Fiano, Ric Fiano, Susan Prutzman, and Deane Donnigan.
Led by Nancy, the team has researched numerous aspects of Savannah’s tourism business as it relates to residents’ quality-of-life issues. Their most recent focus was on trolley companies. Their data collection and analysis has helped DNA focus on solutions to these issues and bring them to the attention of city leadership.
The Hank Reed DNA Volunteer of the Year Award
Recipients: Kacy Cosentini-Plotycia and Connie Hiott
Kacy, the DNA’s Chair of the Ward Captains, has volunteered with the Frank Callen Girls and Boys Club, the Humane Society, America’s Second Harvest in the Kid’s Café program, and Social Apostolate. Her work with the Ward Captain program has expanded the reach of the DNA across the downtown community.
Connie, the DNA’s former Events Chair, has also served on the Boards of the Telfair Academy Guild, Chatham Commerce Club, and Savannah Newcomers Club. She has supported America’s Second Harvest in the Kid’s Café program and prepared meals at the Ronald McDonald House for families with children in Memorial Hospital.
The William "Bill" Stuebe Tree Lawn Award
Recipients: Ian and Karen Henderson, East Perry and Price St.
Ian is an avid gardener and when he ran out of projects in their small courtyard the Price Street sea of concrete seemed the logical place to expand. Working with their “garden lady,” Claire L’moure, the Hendersons developed the design and coordinated the permitting process, concrete removal, hard scape installation and plant selection.