An evening dedicated to thanking our volunteers

On Thursday, April 30th we hosted our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at WXXI. More than 100 volunteers joined us in Studio A for an evening of good food and great company. We honored several special volunteers including Richard Vuillequez, who received the “Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year Award.” Richard chairs our Volunteer Leadership Council, serves as a member of our Board of Trustees, and has been very active in helping with membership drives, Auction, and special events. However, it’s what Richard did last summer for the Little Theatre that really made the vote for the Volunteer Award unanimous among the selection committee. That was the 400-mile trek the amazing 74-year-old made on his recumbent bicycle last July in support of The Little. Richard raised $3,500 pedaling his way from Buffalo to Albany!

We also celebrated Reachout Radio’s 30th anniversary and honored two “original readers” who are still volunteering for the service – Annette Eisenstein and Nancy Zimmer.  If you’re not familiar with Reachout Radio, it’s a closed- circuit, 24-hour radio reading services for the people who are print-handicapped. The service is provided in partnership with our friends at ABVI, and it includes readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and special programs. You can learn more about Reachout Radio by clicking here. 

As our volunteers were leaving the event, one volunteer in particular stopped me and said: “I came here because I cared about the organization, but I stay because of the people.” I think that says a lot about our staff here.

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