The Dominion Foundation and WQED Presented a special luncheon celebrating the contributions of the 2015 Dominion VITA Awards winners Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
For 27 years, the Dominion Volunteer In the Arts (VITA) Awards (a partnership between the Dominion Foundation and WQED) have honored dedicated individuals who give their time and talents to ensure that the arts thrive in our region.
“Dominion is proud to once again sponsor the VITA Awards, which recognizes the contributions of so many wonderful volunteers who make a significant difference in the arts,” says, James Mesloh, senior philanthropy manager of the Dominion Foundation. “Western Pennsylvania has long been known for its arts organizations, and one of the reasons are the volunteers who we honor today.”
The 2015 Dominion VITA Award was presented to Virginia Netchi – Butler County Symphony Orchestra Virginia Netchi hails from West Virginia. She attended the West Virginia University School of Music, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Music History and Flute. She currently plays with a Quintet, an offshoot of the North Suburban Community Band, which performs trio chamber music. Virginia thinks of herself as a “teacher first,” having spent about 30 years teaching instrumental music in the Fox Chapel Area School District. She has also been involved with the Butler Symphony. She describes her time with the Symphony as “a wonderful venue allowing me to continue to learn and to be challenged in much the same way as I envisioned my young students to be experiencing. It was a great way to inform my teaching.” Virginia has two daughters, Nina who lives in Chicago, and Nancy who lives in Pittsburgh. Her husband Ron, until recently, also played with the Butler Symphony.
The other awardees were:
– Kevin Farkas – Veterans Voice of Pittsburgh Kevin Farkas is Director and Executive Producer of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative
– Edward F. Rockman – Board Member, Society for Contemporary Craft
– Geraldine Jackson – Center for Creative Arts Expression
– Becky Torbin – Board, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
Since its inception in 1988, more than 245 volunteers from more than 170 arts organizations throughout western Pennsylvania have been recognized on WQED-TV, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and at the annual VITA Awards reception. The awards are funded by an annual grant from the Dominion Foundation, which is primarily dedicated to improving the economic, physical and social health of the communities where Dominion has customers, facilities or assets. Dominion and the Dominion Foundation contribute nearly $20 million annually to nonprofit organizations.