Let's Give Our Dedicated Volunteers a Round of Applause!
- Mar 24, 2021
The Symphonia would like to thank all of its volunteers for their hard work and dedication. Our organization thrives thanks to these passionate individuals, who give their time and energy to bring classical music to the community.
One such volunteer is Marti Kaplan (pictured above, left). She has been working with The Symphonia for nearly 12 years. With a background in advertising and market research, Marti primarily works to update and organize The Symphonia's large databases of patrons and supporters.
"My dedication to The Symphonia is twofold: First, selfishly at my age (74), I want and need to be intellectually challenged. This 'job' lets me use my brain and talents," Marti said. "Second, I grew up watching my mother volunteer for an organization she believed in. I believe in what The Symphonia does for the community, especially with their programs geared to children through the Meet the Orchestra program and their work with the Boys and Girls Club."
Marti's favorite part of volunteering? Working with Executive Director Annabel Russell, of course!
Another of our crucial volunteers is Laine Rudd (pictured above, right), The Symphonia's head usher. Laine leads a vibrant group of volunteers who are ready to do whatever it takes to insure that “everyone attending a concert walks out having had a great experience.” Ushers are recruited, trained, and evaluated by Laine. Her volunteers don’t only help patrons find their seats, they also help out wherever needed: pouring wine at post-concert receptions; running our pre-concert conversations; providing aid for disabled patrons; helping with equipment.
Music has always been an integral part of Laine’s life. Growing up, group singing, accompanied by piano and accordion playing, was a highlight of her family gatherings. Her commitment to The Symphonia stems from her desire that “the next generation will have classical music available to them.” After all, she said, “Music makes life much more beautiful.”
Maria Godfrey (pictured above, center) has been with The Symphonia for seven years and no one understands better how crucial is its need for passionate volunteers.
"I was a national sales manager for a housewares company before I retired," Maria said. "I now help out with The Symphonia's volunteers. Volunteers are essential; they usher, help out with surveys, raffles, create box lunches, and do mailings. We couldn't operate without our extraordinary volunteers."
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