Symphony Donates Instruments to Local Outstanding Students
Palm Beach, Fla. (December 19, 2016) – The Ladies Guild of the Palm Beach Symphony hosted its inaugural holiday luncheon, the Holly Jolly Symphony Fête, at The Beach Club in Palm Beach on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The all new celebration brought together over 200 Ladies Guild ambassadors and guests of the Palm Beach Symphony for an afternoon of fun and festivities while sharing the gift of music with local students and inspiring the community.
Guests were greeted by The King’s Academy Conservatory Honors Choir singing holiday classics that led to a cocktail reception. The merry reception featured an impressive silent auction that included over 180 donated items with proceeds benefitting the educational outreach programs of the Palm Beach Symphony, and entertainment by the Jupiter High School String Quartet.
Guests then proceeded to a lovely lunch program with Liz Quirantes of CBS12 News serving as Master of Ceremonies. The program included a presentation and recognition of the Symphony’s music education outreach efforts, highlighted by a touching instrument donation to five outstanding local students as well as a local school orchestra.
The Palm Beach Symphony is committed to refurbishing and donating instruments to deserving students and schools in need, and creating opportunities for music education in Palm Beach County schools. Students were nominated by teachers and selected to receive the instruments by the Palm Beach Symphony based on their potential, desire to pursue higher education, and financial need. The recipients were: Ana Rodriguez (Palm Springs Middle School) received a cello, Megan Murphy (Palm Springs Middle School) received a violin, Shlaina Fleurisme (Santaluces High School) received a clarinet, Marieo Spradley (U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts) received a violin, Lenny Garcia (U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts) received a flute, and Mrs. Susan Rodberg (the Orchestra Director for U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts) received three violins for the orchestra program.
Following the student presentation, guests enjoyed lunch which was accompanied by a musical treat, a special performance by a Palm Beach Symphony Quartet playing Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 59, No. 3, 1st and 4th movements. The Symphony musicians thanked guests for their support of classical music and for helping to sustain the works of local musicians.
The event was chaired by Marietta Muiña McNulty and Carol S. Hays, who were thrilled to bring the Symphony’s ambassadors together to celebrate the holiday season while leading the fundraising efforts.
“We had an overwhelming response for our first holiday luncheon. It was a wonderful opportunity for Symphony enthusiasts to come together for some holiday cheer and share the gift of music,” said Marietta Muiña McNulty. “We are delighted that our community celebrates classical music and is inspired to provide more opportunities for students to experience and learn this art through our outreach programs.”
The second annual Holly Jolly Symphony Fête is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The Beach Club, Palm Beach.
The Ladies Guild of the Palm Beach Symphony was formed to assist the Board of Directors in sharing ideas about programs and membership. These ambassadors of the Symphony share their enthusiasm for the organization and work together to invite and encourage membership. Along with the co-chairmen, Ladies Guild members for the 2016-2017 season include Leslie Rogers Blum, Candide Booth, Elizabeth Bowden, Trudy Brekus, Nannette Cassidy, Amy Collins, Margaret Donnelley, Lurana Figueroa, Sandra Goldner, Arlette Gordon, Doris Hastings, JoAnne Jaeger, Ann Johnson, Helene Karp, Monica Kaufman, Amy McGowan, Heather McNulty Wyser-Pratte, Sally Ohrstrom, Bernadene Rand-Mileti, Karen Rogers, Marguerite Rosner, Veronica Tebar, Tricia Trimble, Sieglinde Wikstrom.
About the Palm Beach Symphony
The mission of the Palm Beach Symphony is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach. The Symphony performs in a variety of historically important and modern venues including the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Art, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago, The Society of the Four Arts and Benjamin Hall. For more information, visit http://palmbeachsymphony.org/
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6177 Marietta Muiña McNulty and Carol S. Hays, Co-Chairmen of the Luncheon
6180 Windle Priem, Russell Binkley, and David Sacks
6191 Marietta and Dale McNulty, and the Jupiter High School String Quintet
6194 Elizabeth Norton and Amy Collins
6218 Arlette Gordon and Dr. Elizabeth Bowden
6266 Monsignor Klinsing and Ruby Rinker
6279 James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui
6282 Edrick D. Rhodes M.M.Ed and David McClymont
6289 Marianne Castle and Trudy Brekus
6292 Liz Quirantes and Philip M. Reagan
6295 Paul and Sandra Goldner
6299 Carol and Andy Hays
6302 Leslie Blum and Tricia Trimble
6383 Dale and Marietta McNulty, and Marieo Spradley (recipient of violin)
6398 Susan Rodberg (3 violins), Marieo Spradley (violin), Sandra Goldner, Lenny Garcia (flute), Megan Murphy (violin), Ana Rodriguez (cello), Marietta and Dale McNulty, Shlaina Fleurisme (clarinet), Carol S. Hays, Edrick D. Rhodes M.M.Ed, and David McClymont