Bob and Sharon Adamek are no strangers to the Emerald Celebration, but their role in the event will be different this year.
The long-time Dublin residents will be honored for their many volunteering roles and other contributions to the community at the 2013 Emerald Celebration, slated for Feb. 23.
The Emerald Celebration doesn't usually choose to honor a couple, but the Adameks fit the bill, said Terri Butler, a member of the committee that chooses honorees for the event.
"We felt like we don't always honor a couple, but when you look at the two of them, they're always giving," Butler said.
Mr. Adamek served on Dublin City Council from 1998-2001, coached girls soccer and basketball and was a volunteer at Dublin's Field of Honor.
Other volunteering included a position on the Dublin Foundation's Board of Governors and time spent on the Wyndham and Coventry Woods Home Owners Associations.
Mrs. Adamek has worked as a parent volunteer at Indian Run Elementary School, helped lead her daughter's Girl Scout Troop and has been a member of the Dublin Women's Club.
She has also worked on the board of the Dublin Women's Club and is fundraising chairwoman for the Autumn Rose equestrian team.
"They're always in the community and always giving of themselves," Butler said. "They're passionate people who really care for Dublin."
The couple has also spent time volunteering for the city and have been committee chairmen for the Dublin Irish Festival.
"We like to honor someone very involved in the community and give back and they embody that," Butler said.
For the Adameks, the honor was a surprise.
Mrs. Adamek was away visiting family and Mr. Adamek elected to spend the evening with his daughter rather than attend an event in the home of Dublin Chamber Executive Director Margery Amorose where the announcement was to be made.
"Margery called and said 'Get over here,' " Mr. Adamek said. "I was completely thrown back.
"I thought it was going to be a 'thank you' for my involvement in the Dublin Foundation," he said. "I was completely floored."
"I was surprised because there're so many people in the community we know who volunteer just like we do," Mrs. Adamek said.
"You're always shocked when you find out you're given something like this," she said. "We're just doing what we enjoy doing."
For Mrs. Adamek, a great amount of enjoyment comes from volunteering at Mustard Seed Farm in Ostrander.
Horses are used on the farm for psychotherapy for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and children with other problems.
"Instead of being in an office, you're working on the ground with horses," she s aid.
The couple also savors volunteering for the Dublin Counseling Center where Mrs. Adamek is on the service committee and Mr. Adamek has helped oversee the merger with Northwest Counseling Services as chairman of the board.
"For me, personally, the thing I'm most proud of is my involvement in the Dublin Counseling Center," he said. "I've been on the board since 1995 and have been chairmen of the board since 2010."
The Emerald Celebration is the Dublin Foundation's major fundraising event and is slated for Feb. 23 in the Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Pwky, in Dublin.
The 31st annual event will include a VIP reception, cocktail hour, dinner and live music.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the foundation's mission to better the community.
Previous grants have gone to the Dublin Food Pantry, Homework Help Center at the Dublin branch library, Dublin Robotics Boosters and Miracle League of Central Ohio.
Tickets to the Emerald Celebration are $125 and can be purchased online at dublinfoundation.org.