The Bluffs on Thompson Creek in St. Francisville was the site of an inaugural volunteer appreciation event April 14.

Organizer Pat Heurtin said the event was a big success.

Two of The Bluffs’ new owners, Ken and Gigi Carter, said they enjoyed the event so much, they’ve offered to host next year’s event.

“I was more than pleased with the support received from everyone and for all the great door prizes donated by area businesses,” said Heurtin, who volunteers for Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library, Lake Rosemound Association and West Feliciana Parish Parks and Recreation.

Held during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, the appreciation event was attended by several service organizations and nonprofits, which promoted their respective entities, hoping to recruit new volunteer members: A Celebration of Literature and Art, Friends of the Library, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Francisville Symphony Association, West Feliciana Animal Humane Society, West Feliciana Educational Foundation, West Feliciana Fire Department and the Women’s Service League.

Gift baskets and door prizes were awarded to the volunteers, who were asked to refer to a list of organizations and check off all that they belong to.

“By the end of the evening, we tallied 100 attendees, 66 organizations listed and a total of 315 check marks,” Heurtin said. “That’s a tremendous amount of volunteer power in our parish.”

Several of the organizations chose to honor standout volunteers, including the West Feliciana Food Pantry’s Clara Martin and the Women’s Service League’s Meg Kendrick, both of whom received a special gift.

Speaking on behalf of many of the nonprofits gathered, volunteers Darlene Reaves and Al Troy spoke of the generosity of the late Fred Mendenhall, who was a volunteer for several West Feliciana Parish organizations.

Heurtin thanked volunteers Rachel Howell and Ann Weller for their help in making the event a successful one.