Kravis Center Salutes Star Volunteers During Elegant Evening in Paris
More than 580 outstanding Kravis Center loyalists, many dressed in black tie attire, were roundly applauded at the annual Volunteer Salute held recently in the Cohen Pavilion. And they, in turn, gave a standing ovation to several key award winners:
+ Volunteer of the Year: Pam Harris of Delray Beach
+ Usher(s) of the Year: : Sandy & Donna Cohen of Boynton Beach
+ Rookie of the Year: Susan Klein of Delray Beach
+ Outstanding Student Volunteer(s): Brianna Young & Brittany Young of West Palm Beach.
The attendees were gathered for the Kravis Center’s 20th annual Volunteer Salute that is held every April during National Volunteer Week. The theme for the annual thank you event was “Evening in Paris,” and the room had a truly elegant continental flair with a black and silver color scheme, complete with a rotating slide presentation of the beautiful City of Light and Eiffel Tower centerpieces on every table.
The annual dinner dance honored the hundreds of generous and hardworking people who dedicate their time and talent to the Kravis Center and the community it serves. Among those cheering on the volunteers were Kravis Center Chair William A. Meyer and Board members Alec Flamm, John Jenkins and Joe Sanches.
Kravis Center Chief Executive Officer Judy Mitchell presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Pam Harris, hailing her “outstanding dedication to the Kravis Center” and for demonstrating boundless energy” and a genuine “commitment to being an active and integral part of our operation.”
Dejeanne Jules, Kravis Center Event Manager & Usher Coordinator, presented the Usher(s) of the Year Award to Sandy & Donna Cohen. “Having volunteered with the Kravis Center since 2005, this husband and wife team is always smiling and cheerful, always helpful and accommodating, and always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our guests have a pleasant experience while attending our performances,” she said.
Paul Kaufman, a Kravis Center Front of House Event Manager, presented the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award to Susan Klein, praising her for taking ”great interest and initiative to enhance the theatrical enjoyment for each guest.”
Ali Rehm, Education Associate, presented a brand new award this year for Outstanding Student Volunteer(s). The inaugural award was given to twin sisters Brianna Young and Brittany Young, who first got involved with the Kravis Center when they were in the sixth grade. “I can always count on these two special Kravis Kids,” she declared.
Maureen Gardella, Director of Guest Services, acknowledged the more than 7,000 volunteers over the Center’s first 20 years, paying special tribute to Selma Rudnick, the Kravis Center’s longest serving volunteer. “Currently more than 600 of you help with many different aspects of our operation and we could not do this without you,” she added. “Tonight is about our volunteers and we want to recognize and thank each of you for all that you do.”
The evening’s entertainment included a delightful flash mob number featuring about 30 Kravis Center staffers from a variety of departments as well as some multi-talented students from Dreyfoos School of the Arts – all expertly choreographed by Rachel Bergner, the dance professional at the Benjamin School. The well-dressed and well-thanked attendees also enjoyed the toe-tapping sounds of the Mark Fernincola Band. Board Member Jane Mitchell generously underwrote the music for the entire event.