Fernbank’s Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the invaluable support we receive from our volunteers. Here are a few photos from this year’s event on April 19, 2015.
Fernbank staff work the event as greeters and buffet attendees.
Despite the rainy weather, the bright colors decorating the Great Hall really livened things up!
This year, the brunch was bigger and better than ever, hosting more than two hundred volunteers and their families.
The brunch is a great opportunity for volunteers whom might not normally work together, to have a chance to socialize.
Many volunteers were recognized for reaching a certain number of hours or years of service, but the brunch is also meant to show our appreciation for every volunteer, regardless of their individual commitment.
A highlight of the event—recognizing 20,000 hours of service (that’s equivalent to 10 years of full-time work!) donated by John Thompson.
Steve Place’s incredible work founding the forest restoration program was also recognized.
The ceremony provides an opportunity to say farewell to FUN volunteers that are graduating out of the program this year. Though, we never miss an opportunity for all of our FUN volunteers to show off their best RAWR pose!
We had a wonderful time and are so grateful for our volunteers. See additional photos from the event here.
A special thanks to The Fernbank Café for a delicious brunch and to staff for donating their time to help make our volunteers feel special.
—Kate Naylor, Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator and Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing; photos by Marisa Crissey, Communications Design Director and Kaden Borseth, Education Program Manager–Earth Science