News Releases

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
To view news releases from previous years, choose the year from the All Categories menu and click the Archived News button.

Town of Cary Recognizes Volunteers’ Hearts of Gold

Silent auction raises funding for recreation scholarships

Post Date:03/16/2017 7:30 AM


  • Nine volunteers recognized for thousands of hours of service to Town of Cary at annual volunteer awards banquet.
  • Awards given for volunteer service in athletics, cultural arts, parks and recreation.
  • Silent auction raises $6,125 for Relief for Recreation scholarships.

Full Release

CARY, NC – On March 15, nine individuals shone at the Town of Cary’s Heart of Gold Volunteer Awards banquet; worth their weight in gold, these gems of citizens provided thousands of hours of service and were recognized for their commitment to the Town and its citizens. Mayor Pro Tem Ed Yerha shared with the audience at the Herb Young Community Center that the Town’s volunteers set the gold standard when it comes to their contributions to keeping Cary’s parks, recreation and cultural programming great. 

The nine award-winning volunteers were:  

  • Daniel Ziser took home the Don Smith Award for service to the Town’s athletics programs who demonstrates leadership and promotes skill development, sportsmanship, participation and fun;
  • Sean Hannon accepted the Distinguished New Coach Award which recognizes a person who has coached fewer than five years with the Town of Cary and who demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with players, parents and staff, brings in new ideas and promotes the Town’s athletics philosophy;
  • Barbara Wetmore received the Cultural Arts Award which is presented to an individual who lends leadership and support to the Town’s arts programs, including literacy, performance and visual arts;
  • Triangle Tennis Enthusiasts was given the Partner Organization of the Year award which is presented to a non-profit, civic, school, club or other organization that has partnered with the Town of Cary to make a significant impact on the quality of life for Cary’s citizens;
  • Buket Aydemir picked up the Events Volunteer Award which is given to an individual who has provided support to one or more of the many special events;
  • Namrata Jumani snagged the Outstanding Teen Award which is awarded to a deserving member of Cary’s Teen Council who demonstrates leadership and a strong interest in community service;
  • Susan Stanko won the Senior Volunteer Award which is presented to an individual who has impacted the lives of Cary citizens ages 55 and older;
  • Lois Nixon received the Parks & Trails Award which recognizes leadership and effectiveness in advocating nature conservation and education; and,
  • Barbara Shepard scooped up the Herb Young Award given to a volunteer with overall outstanding service, leadership and support for and of the staff and programs of The Town of Cary’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

A silent auction held in conjunction with the awards banquet raised over $6,125; proceeds support the Relief for Recreation Scholarship Fund that provides the opportunity for Cary residents to apply for scholarships and/or reduction of fees for Town of Cary parks, recreation and cultural programs.

In 2016, the National Recreation and Park Association named Cary a Gold Medal Award winner for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, an award given to communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition.

The Town of Cary’s many opportunities for citizens to be involved in their community include coaching sport leagues, participating in trail workdays, cleaning parks, working on maintenance and enhancement projects; acting as docents at Page-Walker Arts and History Center and helping out with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. In addition, there are opportunities for environmental volunteering, with Citizens Assisting Police, Cary Emergency Response Team, and the School of Government. Other opportunities include the all-volunteer Athletics, Greenways and Cultural Arts committees and the advisory bodies to the Town Council’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Citizen Advisory Board.



Primary Contacts

Carla Witherington, Community Outreach Specialist, (919) 653-7107
Doug McRainey, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Director, (919) 469-4061
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240


Volunteer Awards

Relief for Recreation 

Return to full list >>