Highlights of the 2009-10 Season
Summary of Volunteer Activity
Number of active volunteers - 145
Fall Awards Brunch – Fall Awards Brunch – At the annual Fall Awards Brunch, chaired by Imelda Gott, 150 Guild members and friends joined the Guild in honoring Wynne Mattison as Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteers of Distinction were Steve Brenner, Jess Carnes, Patricia Carnes, Wynne Mattison, Tony Montemarano, Janet Sims and Janet Upole. Sue Elliott received the Bravo Award for professional excellence.
The Winning Hand Spring Event – This year’s Spring Event was chaired by Janet Sims. The event honored Lynn Guggolz for her tireless efforts for Houston Grand Opera and its programs. The evening’s entertainment included Studio members Catherine Martin, Nathanial Peake, and Stephen Hopkins performing selections from Guys and Dolls, and a jazz trio featuring Alicia Gianni. In keeping with the theme of the event, the 200 guests attending the event enjoyed a variety of casino games. As part of the event, the Guild initiated the Lynn Guggolz Scholarship Fund to support Studio members. The fund has received over $6,000 in donations so far.
Volunteer Gathering – Patricia Carnes organized the annual Volunteer Gathering where Guild members and prospective members were able to sign up for Guild activities in the coming season. Anthony Freud was the speaker at this year’s event. Rising Star Awards were given to Andrew Bowen, Bob Saik, Dean Smith, and Hillary Storey for significant contributions in their first year of active volunteering with the Guild.
Theatre District Open House – Sixty-two Guild volunteers supported the open house with tours of the Wortham Center and by providing photos with the HGO Art Car for attendees. Tony Montemarano coordinated all the volunteers for this event.
HGO Guild Boutique – Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Boutique managers led by Steve Brenner and the 49 volunteers who supported the Boutique this year, the Boutique posted sales of nearly $97,000 this season. This is an increase of 25% over the previous season.
Docents – Adelma Graham and her team of docents provided 36 presentations to 2,260 students at schools as far away as Dickinson and Magnolia. These presentations greatly enhanced their appreciation of the student performances of The Elixir of Love.
Financial Support of HGO – The Guild was an underwriter of the Concert of Arias and HGO’s production of Tosca at Miller Outdoor Theatre.