- Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 23:28
- Written by Super User
Volunteer Coordinator Dan Radley (l) congratulates Tim Wright (r) as the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner.
Kure Beach, N.C. —The gift of time and hard work took center stage at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher recently. The annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner celebrated dedicated individuals who assist Aquarium operations and make a world of difference to the facility and its nearly 450,000 visitors.
Tim Wright of Wilmington won the top honor of 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Wright divides his time between the Education and Dive departments. He can often be seen talking with guests from inside the Cape Fear Shoals habitat swimming with sharks and schooling during the daily dive shows. Wright also initiated a new program this year called “Meet the Diver.” After dive shows, Wright greets visitors on land still clad in his scuba gear and answers questions about the equipment.
“Tim is the greatest kind of volunteer,” said Volunteer Coordinator Dan Radley. “No job is beneath him and there is no such thing as a bad day at the Aquarium for Tim.”
Linda Davenport of Wilmington was also recognized at the dinner for contributing the most individual volunteer hours in 2013, with 674. Davenport won the same recognition last year and has contributed more than 2,200 hours since beginning to volunteer four years ago.
Overall, 474 volunteers donated 29,508 hours to the Aquarium in 2013.
“Our volunteers give their time and share their passion to further the mission of the Aquarium,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “The impact of their work can’t be measured in hours alone. Their contributions extend to all areas of the aquarium and the overall visitor experience.”
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 ages 62 and older; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
Volunteer Coordinator Dan Radley (l) recognizes Linda Davenport (r) for volunteering more than 674 hours at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in 2013. Davenport donated more of her time than any other Aquarium volunteer.