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Air Zoo announces Volunteer of the Year Award recipients

December 21, 2011

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-On Dec. 7 the Air Zoo honored volunteers Dave Wakefield and Adam Taggett with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Wakefield, 89, of Kalamazoo, received the award in the adult category, while Taggett, 16, of Portage, took the honor in the youth category.

"Both of these volunteers are people who are truly making a difference with our guests," said Tamra Stafford, Air Zoo volunteer and community resources manager. "They've gone above and beyond to contribute their time and effort to the Air Zoo, and it shows."

Wakefield has been volunteering at the Air Zoo since 2000. He has volunteered more than 7,000 hours and currently serves as a docent. During World War II, he was a part of Gen. Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers and flew the P-40, P-47, and P-51.

Taggett is currently a junior at Portage Central High School. Since 2010, he has volunteered 500 hours conducting the Air Zoo's Discovery Stations, which are hands-on space and aviation-themed learning activities. Taggett is also a member of Jeter's Leaders and was featured in the organization's monthly national magazine as an outstanding person in his age group.

For more information about the Air Zoo or to learn about volunteering, call 269.382.6555.

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Rd. in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. General admission is $8 per person. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package (Ultimate Ace-$15, Junior Flyer-$12, Co-Pilot-$8), which includes general admission, or tickets can be purchased individually for rides.

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