Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) December 2018 - Page 26

VOLUNTEERS Louisville Zoo’s Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Dinner was held Sunday, August 12, 2018. It was a special evening with over 650 volunteers, family and friends in attendance. Each year, two major awards are given out thanking those volunteers who went above and beyond: the Jonathan Michael Heaton Award for outstanding youth volunteer and the Spirit Award for outstanding adult volunteer. Jonathan Michael Heaton Award Jacob Brady Jacob is always eager to help and to share what he learns with other volunteers. From preparing diets and enrichment fun for the animals, to thoroughly cleaning exhibits or helping at the giraffe feeding sta- tion, Jacob’s participation is always appreciated by our Zoo keepers. When he completes his tasks for the day in the elephant exhibit, he often checks in with the giraffe depart- ment staff to offer additional as- sistance. Jacob was recently named the Louisville Zoo Youth Board’s President, working with a group of young teens dedicated to support- ing the Zoo’s mission. He began volunteering in May of 2016 and has provided over 1,500 volunteer hours so far! Diane Taylor Spirit Award Susan E. (Beth) Allen Beth Allen is a long-standing volunteer in Gorilla Forest, the first volunteer permitted after the exhibit opened. She has also volunteered in Glacier Run. Zoo keepers frequently comment on her positive, upbeat disposition. There is no task too small for hardworking Beth, who searches out and takes care of tasks wherever she is needed. Her passion for the Zoo, staff and animals is evident — putting in extra hours when it gets busy and always asking for updates on how the keepers and their animals are doing. The Zoo is proud to have Beth as a volunteer! David Bonham David is a favorite among giraffe area keeper staff. He comes in every Saturday, rain or shine, with a smile on his face, a broom in one hand, a shovel in the other and boots tall enough to wade into the deepest mud. He not only takes care of his responsibilities, but he takes care of the staff as well — bringing treats for them and their pets at home. His advice, life experience and anecdotes contrib- ute to some treasured discussions throughout the day. (Left to right) Beth Allen & Diane Taylor Diane Taylor & David Bonham Jacob Andrew Brady & John Walczak Volunteer Thanks Thanks to those who volunteered during Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too; DuPont Manual Key Club for volunteering their time assisting with kid’s activities during Flutter Fest; and to all those individu- als, and members of groups and organizations who volunteered their precious gift of time during the Zoo’s “World’s Largest Hal- loween Party!” presented by Meijer. 1,400 volunteers contributed 9,175 hours making it possible to delight over 75,000 princesses and superheroes. Special thanks to UPS and Humana employees who assisted with set-up for our Halloween Party. UPS also assisted with breakdown and provided volunteers over four of the Party evenings. You are truly the BEST! 26 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Winter 2018