Audubon To Honor Volunteers With Dinner

The Audubon Community Nature Center Volunteer Appreciation Night and Annual Dinner will be Monday, Sept. 24. Reservations are due Sunday. Pictured at a previous dinner are volunteers, guests, and staff serving themselves at the buffet in the Exhibit Hall at the Nature Center. Submitted photo

The public is invited to join the Audubon Community Nature Center in honoring volunteers, celebrating the successes of the year, and welcoming new board members at the Volunteer Appreciation Night and Annual Dinner on Monday, Sept. 24.

Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Fireplace Room. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with the buffet set up in the Exhibit Hall and seating in the Multipurpose Room. New board members will be installed at the 6:45 p.m. business meeting, followed by the volunteer recognition at 7:15 p.m.

This year’s event will be the first for Leigh Rovegno, Audubon’s new president. Rovegno said volunteers support Audubon’s mission throughout all aspects of the organization, contributing in every department — administration, membership, festivals/events, fundraising, live animals, buildings and grounds, education, research and conservation.

“I am so looking forward to this opportunity to express my appreciation for the hundreds of volunteers whose thousands of hours make possible all the wonderful things that happen here at Audubon,” Rovegno said. “We are infinitely grateful for their dedicated service.”

More than 300 volunteers logged a total of 12,163 hours. More than two dozen volunteers who met milestones in the number of hours they have served will be recognized, including those who have met 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000 or more recorded hours of service. A number of these are registered with R.S.V.P., the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Nature Center and National Audubon Society members are reminded to have their ballot for board members postmarked by Monday, or to bring it with them to the dinner.

The meal prepared by 3C’s Catering will include locally sourced food. The cost is $20 per person. Paid reservations are required by Sunday by calling 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

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