Ocean Isle Museum Foundation honors its volunteers at Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.
Ocean Isle Museum Foundation (OIMF) held its annual Volunteer Awards Program on January 26 to honor people who have volunteered at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. Normally this event consists of a luncheon followed by an awards program. This year, due to COVID-19, the event was held virtually.
OIMF thanks these winners and all the other volunteers for their outstanding service:
Rookie of the Year Awards: Ann Taylor (planetarium) and Debra Foster (museum)
Volunteer of the Year Awards: Robin Wilson (planetarium) and Veronica Quinn (museum)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Cindy Northrup
Even though both facilities were closed for many months due to COVID-19, Executive Director Terry Bryant noted that volunteers donated 5,288 hours in 2020.
“Our volunteers are our life source and are invaluable in keeping our doors open to the public,” Bryant said.
Jerry Rothenberg, OIMF’s Board of Trustees chairman, added: “It takes no small amount of courage to volunteer in the face of all the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. All the volunteers should get the OIMF Badge of Courage for their outstanding work this year.”
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. Both facilities are currently closed and will reopen on February 5.
Want to volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to participate in a worthwhile cause while meeting people with similar interests.
To become a volunteer at the museum and/or planetarium, call the museum at (910) 579-1016 between 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday or complete a volunteer application form at MuseumPlanetarium.org under Support Us/Volunteer Info.
All volunteers receive training, and there is always a staff member on site to provide guidance to volunteers while the facilities are open to the public.