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Volunteer Week Day 2!

Posted by Nicholas Abounader on 12 April 2016 | 0 Comments

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It's the second day of National Volunteer Week! Here at The Stanley we have an army of volunteers who really keep this place going! We would never be able to keep things running as smoothely as they do without them, so in their honor we will be posting some highlights our volunteers have given us including their name, how long they have been with us, and what inspired them to get involved! Thank you to everyone who help us keep this theater as great as it can be! See you at The Stanley!

 

 

Name: Jane Buchner

Number of years as a volunteer: 30+

What inspired you to become a Stanley volunteer?

            Wanted something meaningful to do with my time when I retired.

What do you like best about volunteering at the Stanley?

            Helping patrons. Also love doing tours of the facility. So many people love hearing the history of the building.

Tell us a memorable volunteer story.

            After taking a 2nd grade class on a tour, the teacher had the children write us a thank-you note with a drawing. One little boy drew a rough, but recognizable, drawing of the Triton newel post on the grand staircase and said “The part I liked best was that turkey guy”!

 

 

Name: Donna Phelps

Number of years as a volunteer: 6

What inspired you to become a Stanley volunteer?

            I have always loved the Stanley Theater and when my children graduated, it left me with any empty house. Volunteering filled this void.

What do you like best about volunteering at the Stanley?

            I like being an usher because we get to interact with the patrons, some who are seeing the theater for the first time, which gives a chance to show off the chandelier and talk about our history.

Tell us a memorable volunteer story.

            At the very first dance competition that was held at the Stanley a couple of years ago, there was a group of kids and their mom asking about ghosts in the Stanley. They begged me to take them to the balcony. I took them upstairs and they all had their ghost finder apps on their phones. They didn’t hear or see anything, but for the rest of the weekend I heard how one felt a breeze and got a chill, another saw shadows and another heard a strange noise. It was fun to listen to their stories and experiences.

 

 

Name: Jeanne DelGenio

Number of years as a volunteer: 27

What inspired you to become a Stanley volunteer?

            Wanting to become part of the Stanley legacy and the beautiful theatre.

What do you like best about volunteering at the Stanley?

            Making new friends and showing patrons the majesty of the theatre and its history.

Tell us a memorable volunteer story.

            Bringing children into the theatre. They are in awe of its beauty. They think it’s a palace and want to know if I live here.

 

 

Name: Robert Tobiasz

Number of years as a volunteer: 15

What inspired you to become a Stanley volunteer?

            I guess old times with my g’mother. She loved the movies and entertainment and since both my parents worked she would take me with her on the bus to the Stanley to watch all kinds of movies and stuff. She brightened my life. At one time, as a kid, I wanted to run away and be a movie star like John Wayne or Kirk Douglas or my favorite, Robin Hood. When I got older and my g’ma passed on I still managed to get to the Stanley as much as possible. My allowance, or money I made, was usually spent on movies. I remember several times my g’ma used to say that if she had the money she would buy a huge crystal chandelier for the Stanley ceiling so it would look elegant and impress everyone. Well – Stanley finally got one, even though it’s not a crystal one. But every time I look at it, it reminds me of times with G’ma and those are happy times.

What do you like best about volunteering at the Stanley?

            The people I work with and the people – the patrons – I meet. For quite a few years I always requested working Aisle 5 as captain or as an usher. After awhile I got to know a lot of the Broadway patrons. They like became family. When policy changed and we were assigned different places and eventually I got assigned to Aisle 5 – it was so nice that those people I had met still remembered me and asked if I had been sick – or gone away – or whatever because they didn’t see me anymore. Made me feel good!!

Tell us a memorable volunteer story.

            A few years ago, I took care of wheelchairs for a Broadway show and came across two elderly ladies, in their 90’s. They had not been to the Stanley in ages and wanted to see the chandelier and so I offered to take them up in the elevator so they could see it and the upstairs view. It made them both so very happy. One of the ladies needed the restroom at intermission so I took her to it and also got a bottle of water so she could take some medicine. I chatted with them during intermission telling them about my mom who was in her 90’s also. I took them to their bus after the show and they thanked me for helping. The following year, one of the ladies came to another show and I was at the door as a floater. She remembered me but I didn’t quite remember her until she told me how I took her and her friend upstairs to see the chandelier. Well sad to say – her friend passed on but she wanted again to tell me how happy and thrilled they were to be able to see the chandelier and the view of the Stanley from upstairs. Needless to stay it was a thank you I hold deep in my heart to this day and helps me to continue ushering at the Stanley.