The first annual Volunteer-Staff Appreciation Dinner, following many years of honoring volunteers only was hosted by the Friends of Charles Towne Landing on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Friends wanted to honor not only our dedicated volunteers but to include our hardworking staff. No organization is ever a success without the dedication of the many volunteers and a committed staff. Founders Hall’s screen porch was the perfect setting for a spring “Lowcountry Boil.” As in years past, Ben Moise donated the food, his time and cooking expertise for the dual celebration.
Following our wonderful meal, Rob Powell, Park Manager, presided over the Awards Ceremony and the presentation of door prizes donated by local businesses. (see box below for our donors) During the ceremony Jordan Smith was recognized for his work in the Animal Forest, Paul Carpenter for his contribution to Interpretation and Richard Ketcham for his time and energy in Visitor Services. Barbra Aldrich from Archaeology was honored as the “Al Cannon Volunteer of the Year.” 2014 marked the first year of selecting an employee of the year. Jillian DeLorge-Davis, Animal Forest Curator, received the inaugural “Veronica Robinson Employee of the Year” award named for the employee who has the longest tenure in the history of the Landing of 28 years and still counting.