Last night Liberty Science Center opened its doors to celebrate our very own volunteers at the 21st Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Nearly 300 volunteers, staff members, and guests gathered in Governors Hall to wine, dine, and accept awards.
The ceremony started with a welcome by Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Sasson followed by thankful remarks from our President and CEO, Paul Hoffman. Award categories included: Certificate of Appreciation, Hourly Service Awards (for volunteers who have given service ranging from 100 to 3000+ hours), the Patrice Connolly Memorial Award, Intern of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.
Intern of the Year Jamie Pereira with Volunteer of the Year Christie Kim.
Among the many volunteers, eight were nominated for the Patrice Connolly Memorial Award. These volunteers were chosen by the staff for their extraordinary volunteer service to LSC. Nominee David Travis, a two-year volunteer with 600 volunteer hours, described his experience:
“I thought it was very moving,” said Travis. “LSC shows that they embrace all kinds of people. If you want to learn and share it with others, this is the best place to do it. Hearing the staff members give a speech about each person they nominated was great. It’s nice to see someone appreciate the effort you put in.”
The ceremony ended with the presentation of the Volunteer of the Year Award to Christie Kim and the presentation of the Intern of the Year Award to Jamie Pereira.
“LSC has the best volunteers in the state,” said Volunteer Development Director, Juliann Muller. “This was their night.”
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