MAC Volunteer

Charlie Ellner holds the memento given to any veteran who visits the World War II Lookout Tower. Ellner was named MAC’s Volunteer of the Month for 2016.

Susan Krysiak

CAPE MAY – Charlie Ellner, of Cape May, has been named the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Volunteer of the Month for April.

Ellner is a veteran of World War II and has consistently volunteered his time at the World War II Lookout Tower on Sunset Boulevard, according to a press release. He often shares his story with visitors to the tower.

Recently, he spearheaded a "Thank You for Your Service" campaign for veterans. It consists of a small package with a card that says "Thank You For Your Service" and contains an actual star cut from a worn American flag that once flew over a home in the United States, but which can no longer fly due to its worn condition.

“Let it be a reminder that your service to your country has not been forgotten,” the card reads. “Keep it in your pocket and every day know that we remember your sacrifice.”

Ellner was nominated by Anna Marie Leeper, assistant to MAC director Michael Zuckerman.

“We appreciate how dedicated Charlie is to his fellow veterans and we thought his idea to provide them with this memento for their visit to the World War II Lookout Tower was a wonderful idea," she said. “We so much appreciate MAC volunteers like Charlie and their service to our country."

The Volunteer of the Month award is given to a person who demonstrates a high degree of dedication, commitment and constancy to MAC's volunteer program. For information on the variety of volunteer opportunities available, call Barbara Hubmaster at 609-884-5404, ext. 109, or email

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities nonprofit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC's Web site at