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Volunteer: Tami Crotinger

Board Member: Doug Houston

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Thank You, Volunteers

Hors d'oeuvres and cake were served in equal portions with good cheer at the SFC volunteer party.
Photo by Mac Josselyn
No organization can exist without volunteers. Santa Fe Cares is fortunate to have over 200 such dedicated ones. As a small thank you for their effort during the year, SFC hosts a pre-holiday volunteer party each year in December.

AIDS Walk volunteer Deborah Fickling won a ski hat during the drawing at Vanessie.
Photo by Mac Josselyn
This year, about 100 volunteers came to enjoy a delicious buffet at Vanessie. A drawing was held with gifts of CDs, chocolate, candles and various gift certificates going to lucky volunteers. Special gifts were presented to outgoing SFC board members Pat Block, Brian Dailey and Lynda Holliday.

Charles Tichenor
Entertainment was provided by Charles Tichenor and Greg Harris. A regular at Vanessie, Charles began his cabaret career at 'One if By Land, Two if By Sea' in New York City. A previous performer at Live At The Lensic and at the historic Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, Charles tours the western states sharing his joy of music.

Greg Harris
Greg Harris is most widely known for his turn of the century American impressionist paintings represented by Hammer Gallery of New York and Anderson Gallery of Beverly Hills. Being the renaissance man he is, Greg feels equally comfortable playing the piano and singing, which he did for over ten years in California before moving to Santa Fe.


Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer: Tami Crotinger

Tami Crotinger (right) works registration in the lobby of First National Bank on the morning of the 1998 AIDS Walk.
Photo by Anna C. Hansen
When Tami Crotinger arrived in Santa Fe, she didn't know many people. Shortly after coming to town she volunteered for the AIDS Walk. Now she has many new friends and knows a great deal more about her new community.

"I've always done purposeful work," Tami confesses. During the eight years she and her family lived in Livermore, California, she spent many hours volunteering for her church.

"I've lost friends to AIDS and really hate that," she said. "I always wanted to participate in the AIDS Walk in San Francisco but my sons were too small then." Her boys now are 12 and 10. Her husband works at Los Alamos National Laboratories.

"When we moved to Santa Fe, I was looking for a community of like-minded people. I walked into the Santa Fe Cares office and felt at home immediately. The folks working here are intelligent and passionate."

Tami began volunteering 10 hours a week, handling pre-registration and attending to the myriad of details necessary for such a large event to come off smoothly. The week of the walk she put in 25 hours, another eight hours on walk day.

"It's given me a lot more than I've put into it," she said. "I learned a lot about people who give in Santa Fe and the ways they give. I think it would be great for anybody new in town to volunteer for the AIDS Walk. You meet a lot of people because it takes a lot of people to put a walk on."

Anna C. Hansen, coordinator of the 1998 AIDS Walk, is all smiles when talking about the volunteers who get the job done year after year. She said, "The success of this year's walk is due to the work of volunteers like Tami who give ungrudgingly of their time and abilities."

Although she now has two part-time jobs, Tami plans to continue volunteering for the next AIDS Walk and encourages others to join her.

Board Member
Doug Houston