Garden Volunteer of 30+ years, Judith Craft, named RecognizeGood Legend for 2023

In August 2023, our very own Judith Craft received the RecognizeGood Legend award for her selflessness in volunteerism at the Garden. The RecognizeGood Legends program highlights individuals who go above and beyond for others and is only awarded 9 times each year.

Judith has dedicated over 30 years of her time to volunteering at Zilker Botanical Garden and we can’t think of anyone more worthy of the title “Legend.” She has volunteered as a docent, horticulturalist, garden greeter, and board member and according to our education director (and probably everyone who has crossed her path) “she is and has been our best volunteer.”

Along with the award, RecognizeGood Legends receive a $1,000 pay-it-forward donation in their name to the 501(c)3 of her choosing as well as a dedicated brick on Ladybird Trail as a lasting reminder of their inspiring service. The Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy is extremely grateful to Judith for choosing us as the nonprofit recipient of this gift!

See the full blog post about it here.

UPDATED January 2024:

Say Thanks, Austin is an annual event that presents the Austin Area with a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to a select group of remarkable individuals who contribute their time and talents toward exemplary acts of good.

Each year, RecognizeGood selects a group of Legend award recipients who become eligible to participate in the Say Thanks, Austin campaign. Over the course of January, the community is able to say Thank You to each participant by voting for one or all by means of a variety of voting methods including, email, text, hand-written Thank You forms, and social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Once the Thank You votes have been tallied, the participant with the most votes receives a pay-it-forward donation of $10,000 to the nonprofit organization of their choice. Most importantly, our community focuses attention on those who truly deserve it, and are inspired to find ways to contribute themselves.

Recognizing good every day is easy and only takes a moment of your time. Click here to tell the world about someone who changed yours.

Click here to vote for Judith in the Say Thanks, Austin campaign!

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