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AETN Foundation Honors Volunteers

Posted 12 Oct 2009

“Each year, hundreds of individuals volunteer their time to the AETN Foundation and AETN, performing various assignments ranging from office work to assisting with special events or membership drives,” AETN Foundation COO Mona Dixon said. “Our annual volunteer appreciation dinner is a special night that we set aside to recognize those individuals who make our mission possible.”

Approximately 80 people attended the event, which was held at the Peace Lutheran Life Center in Conway. A total of seven awards were given to individuals and groups for their work with the AETN Foundation.

Jane Krutz and Mona Dixon presented The Jane Krutz Volunteer Service Award to Mary

Maggart.  Maggart has volunteered an exceptional amount of hours during her time as an AETN volunteer.  Krutz was AETN’s first volunteer, joining more than 30 years ago, and has become the “face” or “voice” of AETN from her numerous appearances during the networks’ pledge events. 

The Volunteer Group of the Year Award was presented to the Golden Guys and Gals.  The

Rookie Group of the Year Award was presented to the Better Business Bureau.  This group

volunteered during all four pledge drives this year. Typically, most groups volunteer once a year.


The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Carla Jones of Conway.   Jones volunteered for AETN in abundance this year and rose to the occasion each and every time.

The Rookie Volunteers of the Year Award was presented to Tom and Patsy Desaulniers of Conway. The Business Partner of the Year was presented to Vino’s restaurant in Little Rock who supplied food donations in abundance every time they were asked.

Volunteers who have provided more than 1,000 hours of service in the past 10 years were inducted into the AETN Volunteer Hall of Fame. Sandy Richardson Garland, an AETN Foundation Board Member of Harrison, was the 2009 inductee.

The AETN Foundation exists solely to raise funds necessary to support the programs and services that AETN provides to Arkansans.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans’ lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETN’s digital transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.