The Arts & Science Center honored dedicated volunteers with an awards presentation and reception at the 2019 Volunteer Night on Thursday, April 11.
The awards and recipients are:
2019 Margaret Spearman Memorial Volunteer of the Year: Troy DeBill. “Troy has been an immense help over the years,” said ASC Executive Director Dr. Rachel Miller. “She tends to volunteer herself without even being asked, and her love of ASC is evident through the selfless contributions of her time.”
2019 Catherine M. Bellamy Award for the Performing Arts: Jonathan Hoover. “Jonathan’s service to The Arts & Science Center is without limits,” said ASC Theatre Education Coordinator Lindsey Collins. “Whenever a production or event is in need of any assistance, the one person you know you can always depend on is Jonathan. No job is too big or too small.”
2019 Good Egg Award recipients:
Charlotte England, for her work at receptions and special events;
Pam Holcomb, for her costume work for several ASC productions;
Bill Moss, for his behind-the-scenes volunteerism and unwavering advocacy for ASC;
Donna Oates, for her costume work for several ASC productions;
Yunru (Rachel) Shen, for her work on Second Saturday Family FunDay and TinkerFest programming.
A new award was introduced this year, the tongue-in-cheek “Volun-Tolds” — a special recognition of Scottie Abernathy, Jeff Collins, Rich DeBill, Kenny Fisher, Michael Healy, Mike Kline, and Mike Lake “for their continued patience and willingness to be volunteered by their significant others for countless ASC events, productions, and programming.” The honorees received personalized beer “huggies” from NovelTs.
A compilation of videos submitted by past and present volunteers was shown following the awards presentation. Volunteers — which also included past ASC production cast and crew — were asked to submit short videos of themselves sharing their volunteer contributions to ASC.
Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co. and MK Distributors sponsored the event.
Art Krewe, a volunteer group of community art lovers who have hosted ASC’s receptions for more than 25 years, hosted the reception.