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Aquarium volunteers donate $4 Million in Service
Volunteers at Chattanooga's Tennessee Aquarium have donated $4,000,000 in time and services.
That's according to Julie Piper, the Aquarium’s manager of volunteer services who said 800,000 hours of service have been provided by volunteers since opening in 1992. Minimum wage has changed over the years, but if volunteers had been paid $5 an hour, it would have cost the Aquarium $4 million dollars.
“We’re so fortunate to have so many individuals who share their talents with us,” said Piper. “We simply could not have achieved many of the milestones over the past two decades without the help of our dedicated volunteers. They have helped make the Tennessee Aquarium the top-rated Aquarium in the country for overall satisfaction.”
Piper said Aquarium volunteers have collectively given the equivalent of 400 years worth of work over the past 20 years.
Wanda Wilmoth (pictured) is one of the charter volunteers. She was among the first people greeting guests as a docent on the Aquarium’s opening day.
“That first day was interesting with all of the activities and excitement,” said Wilmoth. “I enjoy volunteering today as much as ever before.” Wilmoth says anyone with an interest in people and animals would enjoy volunteering at the Aquarium. “I like seeing visitors having fun,” said Wilmoth. “Adults get as excited as the children. Watching that is rewarding, especially if I can provide some information or point something out that makes them smile.”
The Aquarium is hoping to recruit some more volunteer docents to greet guests and share fun facts about animals and exhibits. Piper is accepting applications online through September 14th. In addition to sharing knowledge about the natural world, Aquarium docents help roll out the red carpet each day.
“Our volunteers look for opportunities to enhance the guest experience,” said Piper. “We’re looking for friendly people who know how to deliver world-class service to each one of our visitors.”
CLICK HERE for information or to apply to become a volunteer docent.
Applicants must be over 18 years old and available to attend seven training sessions on Tuesday evenings beginning September 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm.
Aquarium volunteers enjoy several great benefits including:
- Family membership after three months of service
- Discounts in the Tennessee Aquarium or IMAX 3D Theater gift shops
- IMAX passes
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ROBIN WILLIAMS-CELEBRITIES AND PARKINSON'S
UNDATED (AP) -- His widow says Robin Williams wasn't ready to tell the world he had Parkinson's disease. But if he had, he would have become the most prominent entertainer to acknowledge suffering from the debilitating illness. Michael J. Fox has been open about his battle with Parkinson's -- even starring recently in a short-lived TV sitcom about a man who had the disease. Recently, singer Linda Ronstadt said she could no longer sing because of the disease. And Muhammad Ali has been struggling with the effects of the disease for decades. His speech is all but gone and his body movements are halting and stiff.
AP Entertainment Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Robin Williams was among a number of celebrities diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. ((opens with music))
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AP Entertainment Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports several beloved entertainers have had to deal with Parkinson's disease.
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AP Entertainment Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that Parkinson's can be a very debilitating disease.
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Excerpt of Linda Ronstadt
Here's a bit of Linda Ronstadt performing "When Will I Be Loved." The singer is among those who has Parkinson's disease.
KELLAN LUTZ ON ROBIN WILLIAMS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kellan Lutz says he saw Robin Williams as a role model for fathers. The "Twilight" star says he grew up in need of a father figure -- and "always wished" Williams was his dad. Lutz says based on the characters Williams portrayed in films like "Patch Adams" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting," he figured "it would be fun to have that kind of dad." Lutz is also a friend of Williams' daughter, Zelda. He describes Williams' death as "crushing."
Kellan Lutz says he hopes to pattern his role as father after the kind of characters Robin Williams played.
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Kellan Lutz says Hollywood can be a tough town for those who aren't comfortable with themselves.
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AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports this weekend at the movies the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" raced past a group of older big-name warriors.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE ON LOVE LIFE
LONDON (AP) -- Daniel Radcliffe doesn't get it. He says he has no idea why fans are so interested in who celebrities are dating. The "Harry Potter" actor is said to be dating Erin Drake, who co-starred with him in "Kill Your Darlings." But he says when he's asked about his love life, he tries to "give as little away as possible" -- and even then, it makes news. He says people think he's being open about his relationships when he is really trying to keep his mouth shut. Radcliffe stars in the romantic comedy "What If."
Daniel Radcliffe says he doesn't understand why people are so interested in the personal lives of celebrities.
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Daniel Radcliffe describes his reaction when he sees something about his personal life in print.
JACKIE CHAN TAKING IT EASIER
LONDON (AP) -- Jackie Chan says it will soon get to the point where he won't be doing his own stunts anymore. The action star says now that he's 60, it's time to slow down on the movie rough stuff. He says until recently he had been doing his own stunt work, but with future projects he will "let more people do it" for him. He says he can see a time when he will just do the tight shots, and let someone else deal with all the somersaults and jumping for him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He won't have to do time. But former SNL cast member Chris Kattan will find out soon how much he will have to cough up as a result of his DUI case. He got three years' probation in the case. But he faces a separate hearing next month on damages. He ran his Mercedes into a Department of Transportation vehicle in Southern California earlier this year. The hearing will determine how much he'll have to pay the state for smashing into its vehicle.
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