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Celebrating Dedicated Volunteers

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher recently celebrated a group of dedicated individuals who set records for giving more than ever before. The Aquarium recently hosted the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner for hundreds of individuals who selflessly assist with Aquarium operations on a daily basis.

In 2016, 542 Aquarium volunteers, ages 10 to 86, donated 35,540 hours, a record for donated hours.

Jerry Mayer of Wilmington won the top honor of 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Mayer volunteered 314 hours in the Operations department last year. That is equivalent to 39 eight-hour shifts. Mayer has volunteered for 10 years at the Aquarium contributing a total of 5,252 hours.

“Sevice and legacy, commitment and passion, Jerry embodies all of these attributes,” said Volunteer Coordinator Dan Radley.

Gary Brown of Carolina Beach was also recognized for contributing the most individual volunteer hours in 2016, with 412 hours. Brown gives of his time in the Education department and has shared more than 1,104 total volunteer hours.

“Our dedicated volunteers help create an environment of learning and fun,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Without their commitment and enthusiasm the Aquarium would be unable to succeed in creating the best possible experience for our guests.”

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