“Dennis takes being a volunteer to the next level,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director. “There’s never been a task that he was unwilling to tackle. Furthermore, he is an amazing motivator, always able to recruit others into involvement and support of the cause.”
Among his many accomplishments, Wagner adjusted the GCBAA’s annual raffle ticket price from $20 to $100, which substantially increased charitable donations to the GCBAA Foundation. In fact, over multiple years, Wagner sold the most raffle tickets to colleagues and friends. He also introduced the Challenge Coin gift in Orlando at the GCBAA’s 40th Anniversary gathering in 2011, worked with Sandhill Crane Golf Club’s Sticks for Kids Little League program, conducted countless site visits and tours, and even serves as auctioneer for the Foundation’s annual fundraiser.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to either have personally worked with or know the five other recipients of our GCBAA Dye Award,” GCBAA past president Rick Boylan said. “Our choice of Dennis Wagner for this award further validates recognition given to exceptional people doing exceptional things for our association.”
The Perry Dye Service Award is given periodically by the Golf Course Builders Association of America to recognize an exceptional member of the GCBAA. Recipients have shown themselves to be loyal members of the association, who unselfishly contribute their time and influence to foster positive changes and strive for continuous improvement of the association. The award is named after Perry Dye, who during the early development years of the GCBAA exemplified these characteristics when he provided financial assistance to stabilize the GCBAA during its inception and early years.
This is the sixth time the Perry Dye Service Award has been granted. Previous recipients include Perry Dye in 2005, Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr. (2006), Rick Elyea (2010), Steve Christman (2013) and Tommy Sasser (2015). Wagner will be honored with the award at the annual GCBAA Summer Meeting in August.