HARD names veterinarian volunteer of the year

Dr. Rene Gandolfi was chosen volunteer of the year by the Hayward Recreation and Park District for his work with Sulphur Creek Nature Center.

Gandolfi has volunteered at the center since 1987, logging more than 2,300 hours treating the animals at the center, which treats sick and wounded wildlife.

He was among those honored at a brunch Saturday hosted by the district. Gandolfi also was a volunteer of the month last year, along with Mark Sandfort, Laura Jones, Katie Souza, Marcie Zimmerman, Jim Patrick, Ashley Linnekin, Michaela Burpee, Halston Butler, Alice Reis, Don Eick and AmeriCorps.

Gandolfi and the others were honored at a brunch Saturday at the Hayward Area Senior Center to recognize volunteers. Last year, 894 district volunteers donated more than 72,000 hours of service.