Volunteer Recognition

Last night, May 30, 2012, was Pass It Along’s annual Volunteer Recognition dinner.  This is a night to celebrate everyone involved in Pass It Along and all the hard work they contribute.  Throughout the night there were several speeches made from Pass It Along staff and volunteers who gave testimonials on what Pass It Along means to them and how it has changed them as a person.  Each person that spoke gave a very heartfelt speech that touched everyone who was there.  The teen volunteers who spoke were Ashley Darnsteadt, CJ Doyle, Katie Ryan, Jack Cubberly, and Ian Sutherland.  There was also a great musical performance by SamHill Road.  The microphone was then opened up to anyone who wanted to talk about an experience they had with Pass It Along.
There were also scholarships awarded to dedicated Pass It Along volunteers.  There were many $500 scholarships awarded to volunteers to be given out to them at their high school’s awards dinner.  This year a new scholarship was awarded, the Jeff Syberg Scholarship.  Jeff Syberg was a one-of-a-kind, amazing and kind volunteer who passed away in October.  This scholarship is in honor of him and the legacy he left behind.  This award was presented to Jack Cubberly.

Jack Cubberly receiving the Jeff Syberg Scholarship from Kelly Bonventre

Since Pass It Along is all about having a good time, the night ended with a fun little dance performed by the staff members.  It put a smile on everyone’s face and showed how everyone involved in Pass It Along truly is a family.
by: Ruth Lee Bonventre, Junior at Marist College, Marketing Intern

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