Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park Honors Park and Workplace Giving Volunteers during National Volunteer Week
The Friends of Frying Pan Park celebrates all program and fundraising volunteers during National Volunteer Week. It renames its annual volunteer award to honor Gil McCutcheon, one of Fairfax County's exceptional civic volunteers. Baby Farm Animal Day and Bull Riding are two special events in April to help celebrate spring at the park.
- Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) April 18, 2012 - National Volunteer Week is April 15h through April 21th and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is honoring all of the volunteers - both service and fundraising volunteers -- who support its mission to "interpret the agricultural process and rural community life and landscape for the educational, cultural and recreational enrichment of citizens and visitors of Fairfax County."
Mr. Jack Pitzer, President of the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park said, "It's important to honor all the volunteers who make it possible for us to accomplish our mission: the direct service volunteers at the farm, including everyone who helps with our special events at Farm Day, the equestrian events, and the music events, as well as the fundraising volunteers who plan and run the fundraising events, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Charity Fairs. We want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the youth, adult and senior volunteers who help us keep the Park vibrant."
Pitzer adds: The Friends Group honors all of the Frying Pan Farm Park volunteers at our recognition event at the end of the summer, before the school age volunteers go back to high school or college. All of Fairfax lost a great volunteer when Gil McCutcheon died recently. He's a major reason that we have a state of the art equestrian facility, and he did all his work as a volunteer. He was instrumental in getting the zoning approvals and in developing the plans for the first riding center. In recognition of his contributions at Frying Pan Farm Park, our annual special award for the "Friend of the Park" will now be known as the "Gilbert S. McCutcheon Friend of the Park Award."
Tawny Hammond, Park Manager says, "We were honored last year when Frying Pan was selected as Fairfax County's "Park of the Year" which was possible because of both a great staff and great group of volunteers." She adds, "This year we are continuing that tradition and have a number of special events planned, as part of both National Volunteer Week and the Earth Day celebrations, including:
Farm Baby Day 10 A.M. - 3 P.M., Saturday, April 21st
Always a fun day at Kidwell Farm! See this year's newest babies ranging from kids and lambs to chicks and cows. The Hoofers & Heifers 4-H Club members, all devoted volunteers, will answer questions about raising livestock. Games and crafts will also be available. Free for all!
Bull Riding Event at Frying Pan Farm Park, Saturday, April 27th at 7 pm and Sunday, April 28th at 2pm. The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority bring you an exciting opportunity to watch the thrills and spills of Professional Bull Riders during an action packed two hour event featuring professional cowboys, barrel racing cowgirls, funny clowns and entertainment. See the website for discounted tickets.
Note: The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as the Founders, Benefactors Supervisors and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, Inc. (CFC 67488).