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Many volunteers helped with New Year’s Eve events

The Spokesman-Review provided great coverage of the many volunteers who helped with Christmas events. I’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers that enabled the community to celebrate a nonalcoholic New Year’s Eve as well.

The Kids’ Night Out event has for many years been staffed by groups, rather than individual volunteers. Many area high schools provide students to staff the crafts tables. Kiwanis, Girl Scouts, Gonzaga Prep, the Miss Spokane organization and others have sponsored groups of volunteers. The Spokane County Juvenile Court Community Service clients have done much of the prep work for the crafts.

The evening performances, however, have traditionally been staffed by individual volunteers and small family groups. One exception is the Spokane Coalition of Reason which has “adopted” the INB venue for years, providing volunteers for both evening shifts. The coalition includes the Spokane Secular Society, the Inland Northwest Freethought Society, and the Spokane Humanist Focus Group.

This year, the Naval Sea Cadets “adopted” Crescent Court on the early shift. These young men and women, wearing U.S. Navy uniforms, did an outstanding job as button checkers and venue managers in Crescent Court and providing customer assistance in the skywalk system.

Our community owes thanks to the local artists and performers as well as the 600 volunteers without whom First Night Spokane would not occur.

Lois Irwin