Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Volunteers continue … Success & Fundraisers at Westben Arts Festival Theatre

Judi (Scoop) McWilliams ~ Ontario Visited with
Donna Bennett ~ Co-Founder Westben Arts Festival Theatre
Co-Founders soprano & pianist Donna Bennett / composer Brian Finley 
Westben Arts Festival Theatre
Volunteers continue … Success & Fundraisers at Westben Arts Festival Theatre
For many festivals and events, it is critical to have volunteers! ... Previously I asked Donna Bennett, Co-founder Westben Arts Festival Theatre of how many volunteers Westben required for the season and do you have any systems in place to “keep them happy”. I was not surprised to learn ... “Westben has an amazing volunteer coordinator – Marilyn Keene who had 2 assistants that organized 250 volunteers.  It takes 10-20 volunteers on site per concert.” Volunteers are the part of the essential support system of Westben. From the Board of Directors right down to ticket-takers on the day of the show, they need people like you who are willing to give the gift of time, energy and your own unique talents. Opportunities for volunteering are year round!  The first face a Westben patron sees is probably a volunteer, helping them to park their car, greeting them, taking their tickets, showing them their seats or purchasing an ice-cream at intermission. As well there are volunteers behind the scenes, backstage, costumes, artist hospitality as well as maintenance of the grounds and the facility.
Volunteers are an essential and delightful part of the Westben experience. Volunteering has its rewards as well, experiencing Westben first hand, learning something new and being part of a great group of people. If you have a talent or a skill you would like to share or you would like more information about volunteering please contact westben@westben.ca or the Westben Volunteer Coordinator, Marilyn Keene 705 653 5508.

 “In 1999, The Westben Arts Festival Theatre was formed as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating, enriching and integrating professionals and amateurs in musical projects and educational activities. Run by a Board of Directors, Westben received its charitable status in 2000.” As Westben has it's 'Charitable Status", … Ms. Bennett talks about this year’s Annual Fundaiser … “We have an annual fundraiser – Here Comes The Sun Gala Fundraiser, this Saturday, June 21 at 2 pm. This Annual Fundraising Event will take place in a beautiful garden of a private home near Warkworth, Ontario. Westben presents a garden full of music, sunshine and fundraising celebrating the longest day of the year! Special guest artists, activities, delicious food and wine are all waiting for you at a private home surrounded by a magnificent garden near Warkworth, Ontario, all in support of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre. If you wish a great adventure, one to remember, join in the fun at Westben! You can check their website at http://www.westben.ca/

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