Sunday, July 11, 2010

News and photos from the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

More than 100 people attended Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Sunday, July 11, 2010. Held at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, this year's recognition dinner was a potluck picnic, with the main course prepared by Tracy Rosa of Adelino's Old World Kitchen. Volunteers provided side dishes and desserts that filled more than two large tables.

After everyone had eaten and had the opportunity to visit, Civic Theatre Managing Director Steve Koehler invited everyone inside the Amphitheater for the recognition program. First, he introduced Melanie R. Buchanan and Bob Sauers, the Civic Youth Theatre director and the box office manager / costume shop manager. Next, Steve recognized all volunteers who gave their time and energy this year on productions, in special events, as office volunteers and Board members, and more by asking them to stand.

Finally, awards were announced to recognize volunteers whose contributions were especially noteworthy during the 2009-2010 season.

Rising Stars, awarded to volunteers with two years or fewer experience with Civic:
  • * Blaine Drayer
  • * Michael Greenan
  • * Layton Laukins
  • * Kristen Lesniak
  • * Lisa Stanforth

Shining Stars, awarded to volunteers with two years or more experience with Civic:

  • * Renee Cason
  • * Irene and John Kopka
  • * Ariel Laukins
  • * Ken Maniak
  • * Cindy Modlin Adams
  • * Steve Scherer
  • * Kate Walker
Steve then awarded the Justin M. Newell Scholarship to Bailey Rosa. The Newell family awards a scholarship to a deserving Civic Theatre volunteer who has recently graduated high school in honor of their son. After volunteering on more than 50 MainStage and CYT shows, mostly as a stage manager or lighting designer, Bailey will be studying lighting design next semester at DePaul University.

Sue Lakin, president of Civic Theatre's Board of Directors, recognized Steve Martin with the President's Award. She noted that Board members support Civic Theatre in areas including fundraising, facility maintenance and improvement, education programming, season selection, marketing and finance.

Finally, Steve presented the Community Collaboration Award to Tracy Rosa and Adelino's Old World Kitchen. Tracy was the official caterer of the opening night party for all five MainStage productions in 2009-2010, was the catalyst for creating the "Wine, Women and Song" fundraiser, and provided rehearsal space to Snow White, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Cabaret.

Thanks to everyone for looking back on a terrific 2009-2010 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Onward to a tremendous 2010-2011 season!

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