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AETN Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Posted on 29 Oct 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 24, we were honored to recognize the dedicated volunteers who make everything we do possible, by getting to turn the tables and serve them! After starting the night off with music by the Shannon Boshears band and a silent auction benefitting the AETN Foundation's Jane Krutz Volunteer Program Endowment (our greatest thanks to the many vendors, local businesses and friends of AETN who donated items for auction), we the wonderful opportunity to serve our volunteers dinner, donated by Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen of Conway, and distinguish several of our most-dedicated supporters.

Nancy Chappell, Jane Krutz Volunteer Service Award-winner 

Our first honoree, Nancy Chappell of Conway, received the Jane Krutz Volunteer Service Award in recognition of more than 13 years of volunteering and organizing a group of retired Conway residents and year-round volunteers who call themselves The Golden Guys and Gals. Since its creation, The Golden Guys and Gals group members have volunteered their time to serve at AETN every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

The Golden Guys and Gals of Conway were also recognized individually for their invaluable volunteer service. Members of the group include Nancy and Bob Chappell, Marge and Ray Stark, Deola and Ray Davis, Vivian Hendon, Joyce Hartsfield, Melba O'Kelley, Kay Huesmann, Nancy and Lyle Allison, Reba Luck, and Barbara and Wayne King.

ASEA AETN Foundation Volunteer Hall of Fame Induction 

The Arkansas State Employees Association was inducted in to the AETN Foundation's Volunteer Hall of Fame for its more than 20 years of volunteer service and underwriting sponsorship of an AETN original production, "Arkansans Ask: The Governor."

Eric Fulton, AETN Foundation Volunteer of the Year 2013 

Eric Fulton of Conway was recognized as our Volunteer of the Year, while University of Central Arkansas Delta Zeta was named Volunteer Group of the Year and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen of Conway was honored as Vendor of the Year.

AETN Foundation Volunteer Group of the Year, UCA Delta Zeta

While our Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner is an annual event, everyone at AETN is deeply grateful to our volunteers every day. Their ongoing efforts help ensure that our our programs air, our program guides mail out, our fundraising is successful, and so much more. They make everything that the AETN Foundation and AETN as whole accomplish possible. Thank you, all, for your dedicated service!

Learn how you can volunteer with AETN and the AETN Foundation by contact Kristy Garrett, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at kgarrett@aetn.org or visit www.aetnfoundation.org/volunteer.


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