The Academy of Country Music has established the Volunteer awards to recognize outstanding volunteers for their dedication and service. This year, the Academy was fortunate enough to have 88 volunteers contribute an astounding 2,315 hours of their time to help make the ACM Awards and ACM Party for a Cause events a success. Hailing from towns across the country, these individuals took up ranks alongside the ACM staff to ensure that The Week Vegas Goes Country went off without a hitch.
ACM Volunteer Leadership Award:ACM Volunteer Leads and Captains are nominated by ACM staff to receive this new award recognizing outstanding volunteer leadership, initiative and dedication to the Academy of Country Music. Multiple winners may be recognized with this award each year.
Chelsee Leyshock - Redondo Beach, CA
As a Volunteer Lead, Chelsee has proved to be a powerhouse with amazing work ethic, energy and ability to take charge at a venue to swiftly train and organize her assigned volunteers and make adjustments, as needed.
Bob Sims - Henderson, NV
As a Volunteer Captain, Bob has been a vital part of the ACM volunteer team. When last-minute help was needed for the ACM Booth at the NFR/Cowboy Christmas event last December, Bob offered to help without hesitation. His flexibility, problem-solving skills and willingness to assist wherever needed have proven invaluable multiple times over the past two years.
ACM Volunteer of the Year:Volunteers are nominated by the Volunteer Leads, Captains and ACM staff recognizing outstanding volunteer service and valuable contribution to the Academy. Multiple winners may be recognized with this award each year.
Eddie Barrios - Las Vegas, NV
An ACM volunteer since 2016, Eddie recruited and managed nearly 20 UNLV students who assisted with PFAC events.
Brianne Catlin - Las Vegas, NV
Brianne flew in early to Vegas to help the ACM events staff, in addition to working the radio remotes and acting as the primary floater on all tasks during the day of show. She has been a volunteer with the ACM since 2016.
Hunter Horton - Natchitoches, LA
A first-time volunteer, Hunter worked on radio remotes on Friday and Saturday, rehearsals on Friday night, House of Blues on Saturday night and golf carts on Sunday.
Alex Oetken - Nashville, TN
Returning for his second year as an ACM volunteer, Alex worked at Virgil's on Friday, rehearsal guitars on Saturday and red carpet drink bins on Sunday.
Andy Snyder - Davenport, IA
An ACM volunteer since 2015, Andy assisted with the golf carts on Sunday and helped at the T-Mobile Info Booth, the WME Bash at the Beach events and the House of Blues.
Christina Strawn - Las Vegas, NV
Another first-time ACM volunteer, Christina played a pivotal role at the House of Blues on Saturday night by directly working with the venue and talent teams.