2012 Dayton VCOY Winner
Hometown Native First Ever Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award
Michael Brush wins award celebrating his volunteerism and mentorship
In its first year and with a media sponsorship from the Dayton Daily News, Direct Energy’s 2012 Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year award honored Michael Brush. Brush has shown tremendous dedication for a number of organizations and fundraising initiatives in and around the Dayton area, including the American Cancer Society and its annual Gala of Hope, the Dayton Bar Association, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley.
In honor of his father, Brush is active with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and was recently on the host committee for its annual Gala of Hope. Working countless hours behind the scenes, he was instrumental in acquiring sponsorships and silent auction items, as well as selling tickets to attendees. With Brush’s help, the Gala of Hope raised over $655,000 for the ACS. In the past, Brush also organized a benefit concert and all funds were donated to the ACS.
Despite working full-time as an attorney, Brush always finds time to give back to the community by volunteering for the Dayton Bar Association’s Leadership Development Program and the Dayton Early College Academy’s Court Camp, speaking to young students interested in the practice of law. If that weren’t enough, Brush has participated in fundraising events for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children in the greater Dayton area.
According to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley (BBBSGMV)’s nomination for Brush, perhaps his most telling accolade of Brush’s generosity and selflessness is his volunteer work for their organization. After being enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ organization in his area, he was matched with a Little Brother named Carlos. After just one month, Carlos’ teachers and his own grandmother stated that he was taking more pride in himself, as well as in his school work. The BBBSGMV also states that Brush goes above and beyond the volunteer requirements and because of his mentorship, Carlos is a changed young man.
By winning the Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year award, Michael received a $5,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley from Direct Energy.