Friday, January 28, 2011

Aquarium Honors Volunteers

In 2010, 370 volunteers donated their time, talents and energy to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, contributing over 27,000 hours. On January 27th, the Aquarium honored its outstanding volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards dinner. Volunteers who donate their time in a variety of departments were honored and Dan Bennett, of Wilmington, NC was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award.

Bennett, who works for Ellerbe Phone Company, often spends his vacation days at the Aquarium volunteering his time wherever and whenever needed. From educating visitors about touch tank animals to setting up tables and chairs for an event to dressing up as a sea turtle for a holiday parade float, Bennett ensures every Aquarium visitor, employee and fellow volunteer’s experiences are unforgettable. Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Holtzclaw says, “Dan Bennett truly exemplifies what the Aquarium stands for and many lives have been enriched by his joy, kindness, and compassion.”

2010 Departmental Volunteer of the Year recipients:
  • Special Events Volunteer of the Year: Donna Budd
  • Operations Volunteer of the Year: Jerry Mayer
  • Horticulture Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Tomason
  • Aquariology Volunteer of the Year: Judy Larrick
  • Dive Volunteer of the Year: Harold Wilson
  • Education Volunteer of the Year: Kendyll Goeman
  • Junior Volunteer of the Year: Jacob Rose
  • Volunteer with the Most Hours: Echo Woodsford (500 hours)
*Photo: Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Holtzclaw with 2010 Volunteer of the Year Dan Bennett

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