Donor Spotlight: Marleen Forkas

  • Jul 14, 2020

We are proud to shine the spotlight this month on philanthropist Marleen Forkas, who has underwritten The Symphonia's prestigious Connoisseur Concert Series since April 2016.

Where were you born?
Brooklyn, N.Y.

What was your profession? 
I was in the garment business. I worked in embroidery and beading.

When did you learn about giving to others?
I learned about giving in the synagogue and from the Rabbi and my parents.  I came from a small family. We were poor, no two ways about it, but my mom was very generous. She gave whatever she could give.   

Why do you give to the Symphonia? Why does this cause matter to you? 
I love music. Music soothes the soul. It does wonderful things for your brain and body. I attend all of the concerts. Carole Boucard (Board President) is my best friend.

How do you feel when you make a gift?
I feel great. I have no family and no children. So what should I do with my money? It feels nice to give it away to worthy causes.

What would you share with others about the Symphonia? 
Support The Symphonia and preserve this great music. 

Do you have a favorite slogan about giving or life in general? 
Do unto others as you would have them would do unto you. 

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