The Klee Foundation Board of Directors appreciates the hard work and efforts of the volunteers in our community. “In every organization, there are volunteers who work behind the scenes and who do not seek leadership positions or recognition, but their dedication and service is critical to the success of the organization,” said Patricia Ingraham, Past Board Chair.
In recognition of their work, the Klee Foundation created the Arthur Orr Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service. The award honors Arthur Orr, a longtime Klee Board member who embodies the qualities that the award is designed to celebrate. Previous recipients include Chris Julian, a longtime volunteer at Tri-Cities OperaOpera, Stacy Richards, a dedicated VINES volunteer, and Bill Austin, leader of the Broome County Council of Churches’ Ramp It Up Youth Initiative.
Chris Julian, a longtime volunteer with the Tri-Cities Opera, received the Klee Foundation’s first Arthur Orr Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service during Klee’s annual reception for grantees at the Binghamton Club on November 8, 2017.
Over more than half a century, Chris has held a variety of volunteer positions at TCO, developing a deep knowledge about and commitment to the organization. In recent years, he has served as a box office volunteer, helping at every performance. He has also become the opera company’s computer expert—maintaining all the computers and other hardware, enforcing consistent data backups, fixing problems on the website, keeping the IT manual up to date and helping new colleagues learn the systems and practices they need to do their jobs.
Most recently, Chris played a major role in a project to migrate all of TCO’s data to a new IT platform.
A modest individual, Chris is reluctant to toot his own horn. But Susan Ashbaker, General and Artistic Director of Tri-Cities Opera, sings his praises. “Chris Julian’s contributions to Tri-Cities Opera cannot be overstated,” she says. “His level of commitment and attention to detail reminds us daily of why he is worthy of Klee’s recognition.”
Organizations that have previously been funded by the Klee Foundation may nominate volunteers for the award. The Board will also consider nominations from nonprofit organizations whose missions closely align with that of the Klee Foundation, and whose programs address critical community needs.
Each year, the Board will choose one volunteer from among the nominees and honor that person at its Annual Partner Reception in November. In addition, the Klee Foundation will make a $1,000 grant to the nonprofit of the volunteer’s choice.
Do you want to nominate someone for the Exemplary Volunteer Service Award?
Information about the 2023 Volunteer Recognition Program will be coming soon!