by Kasia Drake Hames
On the evening of May 3, 2013, nearly 150 members of the Gathering community came together to celebrate the work of our loyal and dedicated volunteers. This year’s volunteer recognition event took place at the Mercy Hill Gallery inside the Hide House, an old warehouse in Bay View which has been renovated into gallery and artist spaces. A diverse group of volunteers, staff and Board members enjoyed socializing over a taco bar and fresh fruit kabobs. Everyone also had the opportunity to get silly in the photo booth (complete with props) offered by Single Frame Photo Productions. There were some great pictures taken that evening!
The event culminated in the Awards Ceremony, where we honored our dedicated volunteers who celebrated service milestones and those who provided exceptional service in 2012. This was also the first year in the Gathering’s history in which volunteers were awarded for 30 years of service - Rick and Mary Thickens celebrated this honor, as they have been with the Gathering since its inception in 1982! After the Awards Ceremony, volunteers enjoyed tasty gourmet cupcakes and coffee as the evening came to a close. It is always inspiring to see the caring, committed individuals and groups who give of their time and resources to support the Gathering’s mission and guests. If you are a volunteer who was not able to attend this year’s event, THANK YOU for all that you do! The Gathering could not accomplish our mission and serve so many guests without dedicated workers like you. A special Thank You to all Board members, staff and volunteers who assisted at the event!