Volunteer Recognition Dinner

The extravaganza that is the Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 18 had a game show theme with scores of volunteers cheering on the lucky few chosen by chance from the audience to compete for many wonderful prizes. The Volunteer of the Year was Stephen Moore, the Resident Volunteer of the Year Lib Grannan, and the perennial winner with the highest number of volunteer hours, Josh Brennan, was awarded the first-ever Josh Award. Josh is out of the running for winning it again but will no doubt present it next year to a new winner with the greatest number of volunteer hours.

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