Blog: Transy students attend volunteer appreciation dinner

Photo by Pearl Udahemuka. From left to right: Ryan Wood, Pamela Howarah, and Taylor Mahlinger.

Transy students Ryan Wood, Pamela Howarah, and myself were among some of the guests invited to attend the volunteer appreciation dinner on Wednesday evening at The Carnegie Center. Mayor of Lexington, Linda Gorton was also in attendance. Both Wood, who is a first year, and Howarah, who is a sophomore, along with myself are weekly tutors at The Carnegie Center, and specialize in either math, reading, or both.

The dinner is an annual event that honors the many volunteers serving The Carnegie Center. There was also a ceremony that honored attendees who had served in specific roles with The Carnegie Center, such as ESL (English as a Second Language) outreach programs that have impacted the community in a positive way.

The volunteers were served a dinner that was provided Pasta Garage Italian Cafe here in Lexington that included salad, bread sticks, pasta, and a delicious assortment of cheesecakes.

The Carnegie Center’s Children’s Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, Erica Cook, announced that it wouldn’t be a Carnegie event if there weren’t hidden surprises. She told everyone to check underneath their chairs for a possible surprise, as not every chair had something taped underneath. I did so, and pulled out a gift card that can be used at Zim’s Cafe or Honeywood among other Lexington restaurants, while another person sitting at my table discovered a Third Street Stuff gift card hiding under their seat. The evening was a fun way to celebrate all of the hard work that is accomplished daily by the many volunteers at The Carnegie Center and their community programs.