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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

WXXI NAMES PEGGY HALL THE 2010 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Rochester, NY (July 22, 2011) – Penfield resident Peggy Hall received the 2010 Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year award last night at WXXI’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Recognized for her outstanding dedication to the station, Hall and 110 WXXI volunteers attended the event at WXXI’s studios.

The Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year award, named after the late Charles (Chuck) Wise – a loyal WXXI volunteer for many years, stands as a testament to Wise’s unwavering spirit of volunteerism. Each year, a committee of WXXI staff members identifies one volunteer who has been an ambassador for the mission of public broadcasting in our community. Hall was unanimously selected.

A WXXI member since 1973, Hall became an active volunteer after retiring from teaching at Webster Central Schools. She is a member of WXXI’s Community Advisory Board, as well as WXXI’s Leadership Council, a group of volunteers that provides direction and focus to the station’s volunteer program. Active in almost every aspect of WXXI, Hall answers phones during membership drives, serves as a docent, and volunteers at many station events including Speaking of Women’s Health, summer festivals, and open houses.  Hall is a tutor for Literacy Volunteers, plays the violin with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Fiddlers of the Genesee.

A total of 350 volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours to the station in 2010. Other volunteers recognized at the awards ceremony included:

    • Nancy and Pete Torpey, of Penfield, who received the Producers Award in honor of their work in creating and hosting the weekly radio series ViewPoints heard on Reachout Radio, WXXI’s closed-circuit 24-hour reading radio service for people who are print-handicapped. The series highlights technology and services designed to help those with vision loss.
    • Natasha Figueroa, of Rochester, who received the Youth Award for her work at special events, including wearing several PBS Kids costumes.
    • Roc City Roller Derby, of Rochester, who received the Group Award for the group’s work on WXXI's membership drives.
    • Holm Bussler, of Brighton , who received the Early Bird Award, recognizing his diligence in working the 6 a.m. shift at every radio membership drive.

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