Tuesday evening was a proud night for the Thrasher-Horne. It was the night of our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, when we pay tribute to the men and women who make sure our experience at the theatre is always top-notch. Past events have been epic affairs with themes like Casino Night and Speakeasy, and this year was no exception, as we took over the Hilltop Club and Restaurant for a three-course dinner and awards ceremony.

Check out our pictures from the evening below, and contact our House Manager Stephanie Kloeckner at (904)276-6807 if you might be interested in volunteering with the Thrasher-Horne Center and attending one of our upcoming volunteer parties!

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Assistant Technical Director Manny Vidal and House Manager Stephanie Kloeckner man the check-in desk

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Marketing Director Anna Zirbel works the room

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Gifts for the Volunteers!

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Box Office Manager Araina Eber schmoozes the crowd

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Salad and bread courses were first on the menu

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Our volunteers are always wearing their smiles

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Lucy and Lamar Pitts, volunteers extraordinaire

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Three courses of delicious Hilltop cuisine awaited our party crowd

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Anna and Volunteer Libby McInnis talk shop

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Anna entertains Libby McInnis and Beverly Hodge with some witty marketing jokes

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Close to 50 of our volunteers joined us for this year’s celebration

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The room was abuzz with excitement as the main course arrived – Chicken Marsala with Green Beans and Whipped Potatoes

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Some of our volunteers come from as far away as Penney Farms to lend their hands

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Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening… Fay Clare won two tickets to a show in our 2016-2017 Season!

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… so did Jennie White!

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… and Peg Harvey!

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Executive Director Denton Yockey reminding our volunteers how important they are to the Thrasher-Horne’s continued success

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(He keeps our volunteers in line with a boldly brandished butter knife)

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Then came time for our annual Volunteer Awards!

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The first award of the evening went to Billy Larson for Ambassador of the Year, presented by Stephanie Kloeckner

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Up next was Volunteer Of The Year, going to Verna Riley, presented by Anna Zirbel

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Lastly, our Executive Director Award was presented to Jack & Helen Stephens by Denton Yockey

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Helen Stephens announced their retirement from volunteering in her acceptance speech, sharing stories from twelve years of volunteering going back to the theatre’s opening day

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Helen and Jack will be sorely missed! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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Dessert and Coffee rounded out the evening, and another year of successful partnerships growing the arts in Northeast Florida

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