The Valdosta Daily Times
The recent annual luncheon of the Valdosta Symphony Guild was a celebration of the successful 2013-14 season.
At the luncheon held at the Valdosta Country Club, eight new members were introduced and recently elected officers were installed, with retiring President Marian Belanger handing over the baton to Carla Penny, president for the 2014-15 season.
Guests were entertained with music performed by students enrolled in the South Georgia String Project, one of the many youth programs supported by the Guild.
In her remarks, Belanger expressed appreciation for the efforts of Guild leadership and members in raising funds to support the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra’s youth programs, which benefit many young people in Valdosta and surrounding communities.
Belanger presented the Guild’s annual gift to the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in the amount of $50,000, with Dr. Doug Farwell and Maestro Howard Hsu accepting on behalf of the Orchestra. Belanger also presented a donation to the Valdosta Symphony Guild Endowment Fund in the amount of $15,000, with John Crawford and Dean Blake Pearce accepting on behalf of the Endowment Fund.
The Guild honored Kay Jennett for her many contributions by giving a $1,000 scholarship in her name to be awarded to an international masters performance graduate student enrolled in the VSU Music Department curriculum for the academic year 2014-15.
Newly installed President Carla Penny expressed enthusiasm for the coming year, which will celebrate the 25th Anniversary Season of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and emphasized efforts to promote the orchestra and youth programs throughout the community and in surrounding areas.