Celebrating Interlochen Volunteers

  • Pictured are volunteers all with 20 or more years of service. Seated: Darlene Willman, Gerry Slis, Martha Zahn (also our Volunteer of the Year, contributing more than 400 hours), Marilyn Jensen. Standing: Jim Slis, Al & Dianne Minicucci. Not pictured: Joan & Lyman Williams, Marilyn Smith

Interlochen volunteers have been graciously giving their time and talent for many years. From ushering at concerts, planting flowers, cleaning roadsides, sewing costumes and building sets, there are countless ways Interlochen volunteers add value to this magical place.

“As we look at the contributions that so many make for the Interlochen community, certainly the work of our more than 450 volunteers stands out as a shining example of ‘service above self’ and of the continuing role and power of the arts,” said Jeffrey Kimpton, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. “Their willingness to be a part of our community, share in our successes and the achievements of our students and guest artists, is something few organizations can boast at a level of magnitude like our Interlochen volunteers.” 

While they don’t do it for recognition, we certainly feel a little recognition is well-deserved. On Wednesday, May 29, ten volunteers who have given twenty or more years of dedicated service to Interlochen Center for the Arts were honored at the annual volunteer banquet. Those volunteers included Marilyn Jensen, Al and Dianne Minicucci, Jim and Gerry Slis, Marilyn Smith, Joan and Lyman Williams, Darlene Willman and Martha Zahn.