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Southwest Florida Symphony Society
Wins TWO Gold Book Online Awards of Excellence
From The Volunteer Council of the
League of American Orchestras
for Outstanding Volunteer Projects
“Sanctuaries in the Sky” Designer Showcase
The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras is pleased to announce that the South west Florida Symphony Society has won two Awards of Excellence in the annual Gold Book Online competition. Their projects, Sanctuaries in the Sky which took place in March 2011 at Lutgert Company’s Tavira at Bonita Bay and The Yacht Hop, held at Cape Harbor in April, 2011, were selected as outstanding projects from the submissions from orchestra of all sizes from around the country. The awards will be presented at the League’s 67th National Conference this June in Dallas, TX.
The projects benefited the Southwest Florida Symphony allowing the orchestra to continue to provide outstanding concerts and education programs. In the 2010-2011 Season, the Society contributed $128,000 in support of the Symphony.
The “Sanctuaries in the Sky” was chaired by Ruth Condit and Joan Calder.(?) Six luxury residences at the 26-story high rise overlooking Bonita Bay were toured by approximately 30,000 patrons. Top local designers outfitted the models in styles that ranged from traditional to bold.
The Yacht Hop was chaired by Jane Hudson and Mary Laurel. Patrons enjoyed live entertainment that included a steel drum band, a silent auction, a tour of luxury yachts and a sampling of tantalizing dishes from Lee County’s premier chefs.
The annual Gold Book Online competition recognizes outstanding projects created and executed by volunteer associations of symphony orchestras throughout the United States and in Canada. Projects are judged by the League’s Volunteer Council each fall. All of the submitted projects will be featured online at www.goldbookonline.org. This is the first time in memory that one volunteer organization has won two Awards of Excellence in the same year and truly a testament to the outstanding efforts of the volunteers of the Southwest Florida Symphony Society.
The League’s Volunteer Council is an organization comprised of recognized community leaders throughout the United States and Canada who have demonstrated outstanding support for their symphony orchestras.The Council’s awards honor volunteers who, through their hard work and dedication, help to insure the success of their organizations.
League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of nearly 900 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org to learn more.