COLTS NECK, NJ —  Thank you. Two simple words that when put together mean so much to the people receiving them. Perhaps no group deserves to hear them more than the Monmouth County Park System Volunteers. On Sunday, March 1, it was the Monmouth County Park System’s turn to show its appreciation during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck.   During the event, Park System staff honored 1,115 volunteers who gave 27,657 hours assisting with recreation programs, special events and park facilities.

On any given day, volunteers can be found assisting with therapeutic riding lessons, leading a trip or assisting in offices. They also garden, lend a hand at cleanups and monitor endangered birds. Docent volunteers welcome visitors and share information about exhibits, programs and facilities. Leaders and instructors with the Outdoor Adventures program assist with the climbing wall, hiking, archery, biking and canoeing.   Many special events and races such as Thompson Park Day, Monmouth County Fair and E. Murray Todd Half Marathon depend on volunteers to run smoothly.

These are just some of the ways that volunteers help the Park System. During the ceremony, Monmouth County Freeholder and Park System Liaison Lillian G. Burry praised the volunteers, “As we celebrate your accomplishments, I think about the importance of volunteering and the impact of volunteers on our community. And the impact is astounding.”  Although the event only lasts a few hours, the appreciation the Park System feels for its volunteers continues indefinitely.

Here’s a list of volunteers who gave more than 40 hours in 2014:

Talya Ackerman, Marlboro

Nicholas Alexander, Red Bank

Andrew Antoniolli, Brielle

Mary Baechle, Hazlet

Catherine Bannon, Lincroft

Joan Berg, Lincroft

Benjamin Berube, Sea Girt

Denise Bixby, Howell

Lois Blake, Colts Neck

Sara Bonardi, Middletown

Christine Bremseth, Tinton Falls

Mary Byrne, Middletown

Alyse Capriglione, Old Bridge

Barbara Carroll, Colts Neck

Elizabeth Clarke, Tinton falls

Saul Cohen, Freehold

Carol Cohen, Freehold

John Connors, Ocean

Kathleen Culver, Red Bank

Darlene DeBarba, Fair Haven

Caitlin Delaney, Lincroft

Barbara Duggan, Freehold

Donna Dziobak, Freehold

Xenia Ellenbogen, Shrewsbury

Nancy Endresen, Holmdel

Kathleen Evans, Tinton Falls

Ilona Fallon, Hazlet

Carol Fornwald, Long Branch

Emma Foster, Oceanport

Barry Fulmer, Freehold

Cheryl Fulmer, Freehold

Bonnie Gold, Long Branch

Raymond Gonzalez, West Long Branch

William Hands, Red Bank

Donna Hansen, Freehold

Kathleen Harbort, Fair Haven

Lisa Haskell, Fair Haven

Joyce Henry, Lincroft

Liz Hespe, Middletown

Joseph Hnat, Colts Neck

Katharine Hopkinson, Colts Neck

Julie Hunt, Red Bank

Andrew Imperiale, Sea Girt

Vijaya Iyengar, Holmdel

Patty Jaeger, Eatontown

Dawn Johnson, Aberdeen

Danielle Kaden, Holmdel

Nadide Karacay, Wall Township

Roberta Kilduff, Middletown

Ellie Knecht, Red Bank

June Krepow, Sea Bright

Danika Kuzmick, Jackson

Stephanie Kwan, Marlboro

Jonathan Larisch, Manasquan

Annie Lee, Holmdel

Daniel Lingelbach, Navesink

Jeanette Lingelbach, Navesink

Gayle Mancari, Long Branch

Georgia Mangan, Monroe Township

Maury Mangan, Oceanport

Lynne Martocci, Tinton Falls

Peter Mastropaolo, Red Bank

Susan Mazur, Port Monmouth

Corinne Mazzocchi, Wall

Alice McCaddin, Ocean

Elaine McColgan, Middletown

Patrice McCoy, Freehold

Kim McCracken, Red Bank

Nancy Meagher, Middletown

Phillip Mejia, Long Branch

Richard Mosca, Tinton Falls

Bonnie Muir, Long Branch

Janice Mundy, Freehold

William Murphy, Red Bank

Juliette Muth, Aberdeen

Dawn Nahory, Lincroft

Stephanie Nolan, Eatontown

Morgan Plosica, Monmouth Beach

Jeannie Poole, Oceanport

Arturo Poznanski, Middletown

April Qin, Holmdel

Robert Randall, Eatontown

Daniela Rodriguez-Luna, Tinton Falls

Megan Romanczyk, Middletown

Meryl Russell, Cranford

Walter Salzmann, Sea Girt

Gail Sanderson, Lincroft

Elizabeth Scharmann, Navesink

Patricia K. Sherwood, Keansburg

Ellen Simonetti, Morganville

Rita M. Smith, Keyport

Jill E. Socha, Rumson

Jason Stone, Port Monmouth

Margaret Swan, Bricktown

Harrison Sweeney, Belford

Colette Tabor, Oceanport

Patricia Thul, Eatontown

Taylor Toris, Hazlet

Donald Van Buren, Lincroft

Gerald Vernon, Jr., Fair Haven

Joanne Walker, Eatontown

Payton Wall, Rumson

Kelly Watters, Red Bank

Elaine Weigl, Howell

Harmon Willey, Shrewsbury

Sandra Wolfe, Howell

Christine Yovnello, Red Bank

Daphne Yu, Holmdel

               

Volunteers who gave over 100 hours of service:

               

Werner Aehlich, Holmdel 

Sara Beamin, Atlantic Highlands 

Emily Berner, Red Bank 

Patricia Bernstein, Colonia 

Janet Breslin, Jackson 

Marvin Britten, Middletown 

Sandy Burn, Red Bank  

Stephanie Camp, Neptune 

Rebecca Carhart, Port Monmouth 

Anne Caruso, Long Branch 

Nina Casola, Holmdel 

Helen Cole, Freehold 

Bridget Connolly, Rumson 

Judy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic Highlands 

Louise DelCollo, Colts Neck  

Ean Delehanty   , West Long Branch 

Brianna Delmar, Ocean 

John Donohoe, Oceanport 

Harriet Ellner, Ocean Grove 

Harvey Evans, Tinton Falls 

Barbara Finazzo, Jackson 

Harden Fowler, Tinton Falls  

Ruth Gariepy, Hazlet  

Loma Gault, Hazlet 

James Gault, Hazlet 

Morgan Glossbrenner, Red Bank 

Jonela Grimaldi, Middletown 

Erin Gross, Holmdel 

Rebecca Gwinnell, Lincroft 

Judy Hands, Red Bank 

Emily Hassell, Aberdeen 

Patricia Hauser, Aberdeen 

James Henry, Lincroft 

Susan Henschel, Neptune 

Amanda Hintelmann, Rumson 

Kristen Kircher, West Keansburg 

Linda Lawton, Eatontown  

Kelsey Leone, Middletown 

Gerry Lingner, Long Branch 

Lois Lyons, Tinton Falls 

Ralph Maratea, Lakewood 

Conor Meehan, Little Silver 

Catherine Merker, Middletown 

Richard Merker, Middletown 

Barry Miller, Middletown  

Eileen Murphy, Red Bank 

David Nass, Red Bank 

Leslie Neiman, Belford 

Frank Nofi, Manalapan 

Alex Osnato, North Middletown  

Deborah Palumbo, Monmouth Beach 

Betty Randall, Eatontown 

Paige Rockhill, Howell 

Linda Rovder, Monmouth Beach 

Cara Ryan, Highlands 

Eleanor Swanson, Long Branch 

Ellen Terry, Millstone 

Margo Thornton, Tinton Falls 

Ann Tvaroha, Fair Haven 

Nora Vail, Hazlet 

Barbara Venanzini, Matawan 

Marietta Weaver, Long Branch 

Kharisma Whitford, Lincroft 

To learn about Park System Volunteers, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.