DeeJay Hellrung: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
DeeJay Hellrung is one of Florida’s is one of Florida’s leading advocates on issues relating to maternal and child health, child welfare and child abuse. All her adult life she’s focused on the betterment of children’s lives, which fits in nicely with her marriage to long time Gainesville pediatrician John Hellrung.
Category: Community Service
About DeeJay Hellrung
Occupation: Community Volunteer
Years in Gainesville: 35+
Spouse Dr. John Hellrung
Children Alyssa and Nick
As a family therapist, DeeJay worked for six years in a clinical capacity for an infant development team performing research at Shands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
She has served as state chair of the Junior League’s Child Welfare Task Force, and volunteered with the Children’s Home Society, Planned Parenthood and the Guardian ad Litem program. She currently serves on the board for the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Girls Place, Equality Florida, Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and the March of Dimes.
DeeJay has given 20 years to the March of Dimes, serving on both the local, state and national levels including State Public Affairs Chair for the Florida Chapter and chairing the Southern Regional Public Affairs Committee. She has lobbied on behalf of children in Tallahassee and Congress.
In 2009 The Florida March of Dimes awarded DeeJay the prestigious Lawton Chiles Public Affairs Award for providing exemplary service in advocating for mothers and babies. DeeJay has received numerous other awards from the additional boards she has served on including most recent, the Girl Scouts, Women of Distinction & Women of Promise.
DeeJay is an avid runner, former GHS band booster and mentor to numerous Gainesville High School athletes along with husband, John.
DeeJay is a tireless, passionate volunteer leader to numerous local non-profits as they champion their effort to improving the health of children. Her most proud accomplishment is being the mother of Alyssa and Nick and recent grandmother of two with probably more to come.
Passion, energy and staunch commitment to service, especially for children make DeeJay a leading candidate for the Spirit of Gainesville Community Service award.
Nominated by Betsy Trent