2005 - Tony Cole
Tony, the first Friend of The Year, is also the first member to take an interest in invasive plants on Mt. Tabor Park and is a founder of Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. He is the original leader of a group of nine volunteers that would become Weed Warriors, a large committee of FMTP which has made a significant difference in the ecological health of Mt. Tabor Park. Weed Warriors has provided an opportunity for school groups, church groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Nature Conservancy to volunteer in the park. Unfortunately the very first recipient of the Friends of The Year was unable to attend the presentation, and he has written a story about that evening.