Museum Celebrates Volunteers

The James A. Michener Art Museum honored four outstanding volunteers at the 17th annual Volunteer Recognition Award Ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.  The event celebrates the dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who continually support the Michener Art Museum’s mission of educating our community to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts.

According to Bruce Katsiff, Director & CEO, “We are very fortunate to have a strong and dedicated group of volunteers who have given the museum over 11,000 hours during 2010.  Based on the latest 2009 national value, this translates into nearly $250,000…..  Our volunteers are one of the largest contributors to the Michener Art Museum.  Aside from the monetary contribution, Michener volunteers give much more through their enthusiastic love of the region’s art.”

Chosen from a pool of dozens of nominees and selected by the Michener Volunteer Council, the 2010 Ann Silverman award recipients are:  Joyce Shaffer for Volunteer of the Year; Lynn Grater and Rose Hurley, co-recipients for Docent of the Year; and Julia Dovgy for Junior Volunteer of the Year.  In presenting the awards, Jeffra Silverman Nandan, daughter of the late Ann Silverman, paid special tribute to each recipient. 

Also honored was Nora Katz, a student docent and junior volunteer, for her commitment to leadership, diversity and service to her community.  Her work on the Martin Luther King Day of Service, held at the James A. Michener Art Museumon January 17, 2011, reflects the ideals embraced by James Michener and Martin Luther King, as well as the mission and commitment to diversity of the Michener Art Museum.

Bruce Katsiff reflected on the philanthropic efforts of Ann Silverman, not only as a generous supporter of the volunteer program at the Michener Art Museum, but in the Doylestown community at large.  Ann Silverman contributed to the betterment of the lives of so many people through her involvement with the Community Health Clinic at Doylestown Hospital, A Woman’s Place, Gilda’s Club, The Bucks County Historical Society, and many more local organizations.

Michener volunteers are the heart of the organization and reflect the sprit of what it does.  They can be found in every aspect of the museum.  We find them in the archives, the library, the galleries, the front desk and gift shop; behind the scenes in the Membership, Education and Curatorial departments.  They help during the adult and children events:  the Jazz Nights, the Childrens’ Gallery openings, Sponsor and Member exhibition opening Receptions.  Fifty-nine volunteers were also recognized for their hourly contribution over the years. 

— Pamela Sergey, Manager of Tourism and Volunteers

Pictured, from top: From left, Julia Dogvy of Upper Holland (2010 Junior Volunteer of the Year), Jessica Bayer of Doylestown (junior volunteer), Hope Meltser of Jamison (junior volunteer), Nora Katz of Riegelsville(junior volunteer) and Museum Director and CEO Bruce Katsiff; Docents of the Year Lynn Grater of Doylestown (left) and Rose Hurley of Holland; Junior Volunteer of the Year Julia Dogvy of Upper Holland ; and Volunteer of the Year Joyce Shaffer of New Hope, left, with Pam Sergey.

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