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In recognition of her commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families in the Hampton Roads area, Virginia Wesleyan’s Director of Community Service Diane Hotaling was among eight recipients honored with a 2014 Safe Harbor Award on May 15 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Hotaling was nominated by 2005 VWC alumnus Kevin Otey, who serves as chief operating officer of Children's Harbor Early Care and Education Centers, the sponsor of the award. Children’s Harbor has been presenting the annual award since 1999, recognizing more than 100 individuals and 30 organizations since its inception. Hotaling has served children, youth and families in South Hampton Roads for 28 years, both personally and professionally, as a long-time resident of the Bayside-area community in Virginia Beach and as a VWC staff member. Her extensive resume ranges from administration of former programs such as the award-winning VNG Pipeline to the Community, for preschoolers and their parents, and Rising Stars, which recognized potential in fifth graders. Current Virginia Wesleyan initiatives include Marlins Read, Marlins Count, Global Marlins and Future Marlins, as well as other on-going programs like Neighborhood Tutoring and Cooking FOR Kids. Her partners include Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the parents of children in the Bayside communities, and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, among many others. Though her accomplishments are aplenty, Hotaling considers her most significant contribution to be providing a “Safe Harbor” for countless College students through the years, facilitating their journey toward active citizenship. More