Sheri Tolbert stands between Ernie Flangas and Lorraine Clark after being awarded the top volunteer from Beta Sigma Phi Rho chapter at last year’s volunteer appreciation dinner.

Sheri Tolbert stands between Ernie Flangas and Lorraine Clark after being awarded the top volunteer from Beta Sigma Phi Rho chapter at last year’s volunteer appreciation dinner. (Courtesy photo)

Volunteers are everywhere in Ely. From the railroad to the fire department, many organizations in town rely on the support from people who donate their time and effort to make the community a better place.

On April 11, those people will be rewarded.

The White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board will again host their annual Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Bristlecone Convention Center, honoring the hardest working volunteers in the community at an invitation only awards dinner.

According to Meg Rhoades, a member of the tourism and recreation board, the event grew out of a need to support those in the community that volunteer back in 2007.

“So many of our attractions run strictly on volunteers so we thought we should thank them for doing that and making Ely such a good place to come and visit,” Rhoades said.

Though the dinner isn’t until April, planning has already begun for this year’s event. Rhoades said that organizations from around the community are already submitting their nomination for their top volunteer over the

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