Volunteer Ascension to recognize local volunteers

Staff reports

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Ascension is looking for nominations of worthy volunteers for their 11th Annual VOY (Volunteer of the Year) Awards Fundraising Event.

This “Evening of Comedy” and recognition will take place Tuesday, April 21, at the Holiday Inn-Gonzales with socializing beginning at 7 p.m.

The VOY Awards enables family, friends and business associates to witness the stories of many volunteers, and enjoy live comedic entertainment by Kent Gonsoulin. This year, in addition to the four usual categories, a Lifetime Volunteer Award will be presented for the first time! A minimum of 10 years of volunteer service is necessary to qualify for this award.

Sponsors for the event include Atmos Energy Corporation, BancorpSouth Bank, Pujol and Pryor~Attorneys at Law and, St. Elizabeth Hospital. Mr. Martin McConnell will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Nominate a worthy volunteer or group that you know. Nomination forms are available through Volunteer Ascension at 644-7655 and should be postmarked by April 1, 2009. Ticket cost is $30 per person, $55 per couple or $250 per group of ten. Hors-d-oeuvres will be provided.

“Last year’s Volunteer of the Year Awards event had over 200 people in attendance, as we recognized hundreds of volunteers from our community, and raised much needed funding for Volunteer Ascension programs. It is humbling to hear each year how much these great citizens give back to our community,” states Audrey Boudreaux, Executive Director.

Volunteer Ascension, where Volunteers are Changing Lives, is a local not-for-profit service organization that strives to positively impact the needs of Ascension Parish by promoting and developing volunteerism. The organization touches an estimated 14,700 individuals in our community through its volunteer based programs such as Community Services, ConnecTeens, Make A Difference Day, School Tools and School Uniforms. Our Patron Level funders are Parish of Ascension, Atmos Energy Corporation, BASF Corporation, EATEL and Whitney National Bank. Volunteer Ascension is a member of the Points of Light/Hands on Network and receives funding from the community and local private sector.