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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History volunteer Libby Furlow was honored as Arts and Recreation Volunteer of the Year at the 38th annual Work of Heart Awards on Tuesday at the Paramount Plaza Hotel.

Furlow is also the recipient of the 2009 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year award for exhibits and public programs at the Florida Museum.

Furlow has volunteered at the Florida Museum for more than 36 years, logging more than 1,000 volunteer hours in the past nine years. She has served as a docent, naturalist, Butterfly Rainforest interpreter, and horticulture assistant, and has been instrumental in planning several education and outreach programs. In addition, Furlow has been an active member of the Museum Associates since 1972, and has served on the board two terms each as secretary and as president. She currently serves as an Emerita member.

Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby nominated Furlow for the Work of Heart Award.

“Libby has been a wonderful asset to the museum, and represents the highest ideals of character, service, dedication,” said volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby. “She is a very deserving recipient of this award.”

Begun by the Volunteer Center of North Central Florida and currently sponsored by Haven Hospice, the Work of Heart Awards are presented annually to outstanding Alachua County volunteers in 18 categories.

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Writer: Kelly Donovan
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