Donne has been awarded 3 Professional Development Grants from United Arts of Central Florida.
Donne won Best of Show for the 2006 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival. Morris Mitchell, from the Ringling Museum of Art who was a judge at the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival quoted, "Talent and creativity are not the same. You can teach someone to draw but not to be creative. Creativity is when the magic happens."
Donne won Best of Show for the 2006 Mount Dora Arts Festival. The judges comment that, "Donne Bitner's work is complex. The images are layered with textures that mest to give her works a unique voice which makes its own statement. This subtle quality is reflected not only in the chosen work but also in all the works in her booth. Her visual strength is beautifully connected to the best of contemporary art."