VALDOSTA — The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts honored longtime member Lena Bosch Tuesday night during the Presenter Series performance of Three Redneck Tenors at Mathis City Auditorium.

Presenter Series board members Nancy Warren and Bob Harrison made the presentation to Bosch, who was surprised by the unexpected honor.

“For more than 20 years, Lena Bosch has given her time, energy, and devotion to the Presenter Series and many other programs at the Turner Center for the Arts,” according to the arts center.

“When Lena was first a board member, the organization was known as the Lowndes Valdosta Arts Commission or LVAC. She has been an instrumental part of LVAC’s growth — from a small performing arts series, with board meetings wherever space allowed, to sponsoring fledgling exhibits and classes at LVAC’s first home in ‘the turpentine building’ near the Valdosta State University campus, to today’s beautiful Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, embracing the visual, written and performing arts.”

In addition to the Presenter Series, her work with the Center for the Arts Guild, her pre-performance dinners, her cooking for receptions, and her quick wit and smile are all “trademark Lena,” according to the center. “Our newly established Youth Art Board is also Lena’s brainchild.”

The entirety of the 2007-08 Presenter Series will honor Bosch. Her family includes son Bart and his wife, Anita, and grandchildren Taylor and Carly.

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