Q: How long have you been volunteering at NABC?
A: Since 2010, with the first annual LilyPad picnic.
Q: What motivated you to volunteer at NABC?
A: I fell in love with Lily and Hope when I watched them on the live den cam.
Q: What do you do as a volunteer?
A: I help to organize the annual summer Lilypad Picnic held in Ely, MN.
I also volunteer as needed at the NABC whenever I’m in Ely. I’ve done such things as bundle Christmas cards; list and box gift shop items to go to fundraiser in Hinckley, MN; and help sell those gift shop items at Hinckley, MN fundraiser.
I also delivered and helped install the bear door carved by a fan now at the NABC’s front entrance.
Q: Is there one memorable experience you’ve had as a volunteer?
A: Any time spent at the NABC is a memorable time for me.
A highlight would be meeting the entire NABC staff and all the attendees at the 2011 Lilypad picnic. One of my fondest memories would be the check presentation for the proceeds raised at that picnic. The check was presented to Dr. Lynn Rogers, his wife Donna, and Sue Mansfield in front of the viewing camera at NABC for all Lily fans to watch. Donna Andrews kept Ted E. Bear entertained behind us as we revealed the check to them all. Doc was so overwhelmed that in his excitement he startled Ted E. Bear, who jumped. How rewarding that was!
Q: What would you like volunteers to know about you?
A: I have been married for 32 years and have four adult children ages 28 and 25, and 24-year old twins. We have a cat named Tucker and a koi pond with more than 30 fish. I love to sew, do crafts, and read. My secret dream is to be a published author.