The gust of cool air and savory Pakistani/Indian smells emanating from Mughal’s Restaurant instantly attracted the 41 spring TALENT program volunteers and ABC staff this past Saturday, June 16th. Mugahl’s Restaurant, with its furnished décor, delectable food, and welcoming atmosphere, was the ideal host for the 2012 spring semester Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Each arts, music, and basketball volunteer received a certificate of appreciation, group picture, and customized ABC tote bag in honor of their dedication and hard work. Many shared their own experiences, relaying the joys and challenges of the semester.
Emotions ran high as ABC staff, Sophia Li and Cindy Qin, humbly accepted surprise gifts in appreciation of their commitment to the TALENT program. Everyone listened intently as Cindy eloquently recited a Chinese poem, stating that “throughout a child’s journey, there needs to be a light to guide them, and it is from the volunteers that these children can find the light to grow and mature.” At the conclusion of the event, volunteers filed out, bidding their goodbyes, but fortunately, many faces will be returning next fall.