Of the Center’s more than 200 volunteers, Jennie Bower is one of a special few who volunteers in three different areas – as a school show usher for weekday morning performances, as an usher for evening and weekend performances, and also as a concessionaire. She also recently ended a 2-year run as the scheduler for the concessions volunteers, and was awarded the first-ever “Volunteer Spirit of Service” award in recognition of her time and dedication.
Jennie got involved at the Center after her husband passed away in 2009. “My children came to the Center on field trips when they were little,” says Jennie, “and I always thought it would be a fun thing to do.” She started as an usher, and then joined the concessions volunteers in order to have more opportunities. She also volunteers for the Center’s weekday morning school shows, which welcome more than 30,000 North Bay Schoolchildren each year to see performances that complement their classroom lessons.
Asked about her favorite performances over the years, Jennie is hard-pressed to name just one, but cites MOVE Live on Tour with Julianne Hough and Derek Hough, and The Peking Acrobats® as recent favorites.
In her spare time, Jennie enjoys going to the gym, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. In fact, she’s so dedicated to her volunteerism at the Center that she recently recruited her boyfriend to become a volunteer, so they could spend more time together! Jennie adds, “I like the people that I’ve met, and enjoy recognizing regular patrons. . . I’ve had a lot of fun.”
Bethany Moritz, the Center’s Volunteer Supervisor, says “Jennie is incredibly dedicated to her volunteer work here at the Center. She can always be counted on to provide great service to our patrons, lend a helping hand when needed, and do it all with a smile!”