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June 3, 2010, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Volunteerism

On May 26, the Adrienne Arsht Center held its inaugural CIRCLE 500 VOLUNTEER AWARDS DINNER in honor of  those amazing individuals who have contributed between 500 to 2,000 hours of volunteer service to the Center.

As ushers, ticket-takers, and tour guides in the theaters and as support at the Center’s free outdoor festivals, AileyCamp, marketing events, school performances and in our administrative offices, the Center’s volunteers work alongside staff—sometimes even taking the lead on projects—ensuring that the Adrienne Arsht Center stays true to its mission. Through the efforts and commitment of its volunteers, the Adrienne Arsht Center is able to welcome patrons, students, teachers , special guests and other visitors  in the tens of thousands every week. 

“While there are many hundreds of volunteers to recognize for this monumental support, it is the Circle 500 Volunteers who serve by example, who serve as our leaders and mentors, and who are among our greatest contributors. Jointly, Circle 500 volunteers have served more than 34,000 hours since 2005,” says Volunteer Services Manager Evelyn Gigiras Sullivan.

At the awards dinner, Circle 500 volunteers were also recognized for their tenure at the Adrienne Arsht Center.  Since the last volunteer awards breakfast on April 19, 2009, eight more volunteers reached the 500-hour milestone, and one volunteer was recognized for reaching the 1,000-hour milestone.  Honorees were awarded ceremonial pins by their family members and friends.

Additionally, the first recipients of the ADRIENNE ARSHT VOLUNTEER SHOOTING STAR AWARD in 2010 have each contributed over 2,000-hours of volunteer service.  Matilde Montejo accomplished this amazing milestone in just two years of volunteer work, while Eugene Spencer was able to accumulate 200 hours in just two short months while volunteering at the school performances of ROCK ODYSSEY in April, which boosted him just over the 2,000-hour mark as well.

Shooting Star Awardees, Eugene Spencer and Matilde Montejo with Volunteer Services Manager, Evelyn Gigiras

As the Adrienne Arsht Center finalizes planning to commemorate its upcoming 5th Anniversary in the 2010-2011 season, the volunteer services department is creating some “5ths” to celebrate as well.  By April 2011, there will be five categories to recognize volunteer contributions. “Adrienne Arsht Center volunteers honor us every day with their support and volunteer work, it brings us great joy to celebrate and honor them as well.”


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