Each year, hundreds of individuals volunteer their time to the AETN Foundation and AETN, performing various assignments ranging from office work to assisting with special events or membership drives, AETN Foundation COO Mona Dixon said. Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is a special night that we set aside to recognize those individuals who make our mission possible.
Dustin Johnson of Harrisburg, Joyce Hartsfield and Beth Workman of Conway and The Strange Birds of Arkansas (Little Rock Parrot Head Club) were all recognized as Newcomer Volunteers of the Year.
The event included a mocktail hour and silent auction, dinner donated by Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in Conway and music courtesy of The Shannon Boshears Band. Proceeds totaling nearly $1,200 from the silent auction benefited the AETN Foundation's Jane Krutz Volunteer Program Endowment, created in honor of Jane Krutz, volunteer for more than 45 years.
Auction donors included: Blue Bell Creameries, Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Maggie's Cookies, Patticakes, Fletcher Smith Jewelers, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Conway Cinemark, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Domino's of Conway, Papa Murphy's of Conway, Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante, Mike's Place, Hastings of Conway, Carole Adornetto, Gene Hatfield, Sharon Gray, and Mona Dixon.
The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETNs mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.