CAMP ZAMA, Japan (April 24, 2017) - U.S. Army Garrison Japan hosted its annual volunteer recognition ceremony April 21 at Camp Zama Community Club to honor the many volunteers who support and contribute to the community.

"The annual event is held to celebrate the contributions of these amazing volunteers, " said Yoland Hingel, community life officer, Army Community Service, "as well as share with the community the value and importance of volunteers to our community."

The ceremony also revealed the youth and adult Outstanding Volunteers of the Year as well as Outstanding Volunteer Family of the Year.

Yukie Furakawa, nominated by the American Red Cross, was named the Outstanding Volunteer of the year, and Royce Brown, nominated by Boy Scout Troop 34, was named Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year.

The Moreno family, Jose, Amy, Lucas, Elias and Emma, was recognized as the Outstanding Volunteer Family of the Year.

A check for $ 900,221.57 was showcased to symbolize the value of volunteer time to the community.

"Every person counts, big or small, every act of service helps tremendously," said Hingel.

The U.S. Army Japan Band entertained the guests followed by the Zama American Middle and High School choir before the ceremony.

U.S. Garrison Japan Commander Col. William B. Johnson provided remarks before the rest of the command team joined him to present the top winners their awards.

Maj. Gen James F. Pasquarette, commanding general of U.S. Army Japan, closed out the event with his remarks.