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|Volunteers Honored in San Francisco|
McNeil Volunteer Recognition Awards Both Commend Volunteers' Achievements and Support San Francisco Arts Organizations
San Francisco, California, April 18, 2002 -- San Francisco's most prominent arts organizations come together to salute the work and achievements of their dedicated volunteers with this year's McNeil Volunteer Recognition Awards program. This innovative annual program, created and sponsored by Bay Area arts patrons Carole and Robert McNeil, rewards two volunteers from each participating institution -- the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, KQED Public Broadcasting, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony. Each volunteer is invited to recommend $25,000 apiece in funding for a worthy project of their choosing for their institution.
This year, the five participating institutions are working together to honor their recognized volunteers as well as the McNeils' contributions to San Francisco's arts community. A special joint award ceremony and press conference is scheduled for Thursday, 18 April 2002 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall. A reception will follow.
The recognition of volunteers is made especially important in light of the appeal of President George W. Bush in this year's State of the Union address for Americans to volunteer their time and energy in the service of their communities. President Bush challenged every American to donate 4,000 hours -- the equivalent of two years -- on community-based volunteer activities over their lifetimes. The McNeil Volunteer Recognition Awards not only commend the efforts of selected volunteers, but encourages both present and future volunteers as well.
The McNeil Volunteer Recognition Award recipients for 2002 are:
Margaret "Peggy" Gordon and Martha and Robert Olson (joint awardees) -- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Joanne Carli and Kay Weidig -- KQED Public Broadcasting
Cathy Kalin and Eva Klein -- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Tom Carlisle and Joan Jacobs (posthumous) -- San Francisco Opera
Doris Tornroth and Donna Ellis -- San Francisco Symphony