On Tuesday evening, October 27, the Museum held its annual Volunteer Recognition awards banquet. The dinner and ceremony were held in the Rotunda with over 70 volunteers coming out to celebrate their many contributions to the MMFA. The night began with a cocktail hour followed by a fall-themed dinner catered by Jennie Weller Catering and Events that included a menu of spiced pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables, a sweet potato bar, and peach cobbler.
Current Board of Trustees President Roger Spain gave a warm welcome, followed by remarks from MMFA staff Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Art, Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education, and Madeline Burkhardt, Volunteer Coordinator, who also presented the evening’s awards. The first award, for Outstanding Leadership, was presented by Mr. Spain to Board of Trustees member and past President of the Board of Trustees, Barrie Harmon. Barrie was recognized for his many contributions through the sponsorship of temporary exhibitions, as well as his current, critical leadership of the campaign to fund the MMFA’s new Sculpture Garden.
Other winners announced during the event included Jarrod Cowans,(pictured at left below) who was named Rookie of the Year, and Karla Hodges (at right, pictured on the left with MMFA educator Donna Pickens), winning the First Impressions award for her work at the Information Desk. Luigi Edwards received the award for FLIMP Festival support, recognizing her multiple years of service ensuring that this amazing event goes off without a hitch. Cayla Hamilton, Jamie Reschke, and LaKendrick Taylor were named Outstanding Interns for their assistance to Museum staff with photography projects, digital design work, and educational outreach programs.
The award for leading the Most Successful Bazaar d’Art went to Courtney Kershaw; the Fundraising Excellence Award for Art in Concert went to Harrison Hawke; the Development Leadership Award went to C.J. Hincy; and awards for the Last Call events sponsored by the Junior Executive Board were given to Rachael Gallagher, Allison Muhlendorff, and Erika Tracy. Docents who won awards during their graduation ceremony this past spring were also recognized.
We cannot thank all our volunteers enough for the hundreds of hours of their time donated to help the Museum! There are many opportunities to serve your Museum and your community by volunteering at the MMFA. If you are interested in volunteering at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, please contact Madeline Burkhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(at right: Assistance Needed Today award winner Margaret Arthur, with MMFA educator Alice Novak.)