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Air Zoo Announces Volunteer of the Year Recipient

December 18, 2012

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

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Air Zoo honored volunteer Richard "Rick" Cahow with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award on Dec. 6 for his outstanding commitment and service to the museum.

Cahow, 64, of Portage, began volunteering at the Air Zoo in 1979, helping in a variety of areas.

"Rick is an invaluable asset to the Air Zoo," said Tamra Stafford, volunteer and community resources manager. "He has a wealth of knowledge about aircraft and genuinely enjoys sharing it with fellow volunteers and visitors. He always strives to provide the best possible experience to each and every guest."

Cahow oversees the educational component of the Air Zoo's docent training program. He instructs a 10-week docent class twice a year, which teaches volunteers about the museum's aircraft and how to give tours.

In addition to serving on the docent advisory council, Cahow assists with the Air Zoo's open cockpit program. He was recognized by the Kalamazoo County Excellence in Education program nine times during his 40-year tenure as an educator with Kalamazoo Public Schools. In 2011, he received the State History Educator Award from the Historical Society of Michigan.

For more information on the Air Zoo and its volunteer program, visit or 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. Children who are 4 years old or younger are free.

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