Ritz honors volunteers

For the past nine years, Ruth Ludwig has worked nearly every Thursday evening at The Ritz bingo night, donating 2,200 hours of her time. For her contributions and faithful service, she received The Ritz Theatre’s Jo Bernet Spotlight Award as Volunteer of the Year for the 2012-13 season.

Ludwig and fellow volunteers were treated to an appreciation dinner Tuesday at the Community Civic Center. The evening also included the distribution of volunteer pins for milestone hours donated. The theater’s executive director, Michael Strong, gave a report that illustrated the importance of volunteers to the continued operation of The Ritz.

“During 2012-13, volunteers have given 11,300 hours worth an estimated $141,250,” he told the crowd, “and 15 people have surpassed the 2,000-hour mark.”

Strong listed the five people with the highest totals: Bob Dougherty, 9,531; Diane Dougherty, 5,624; Rosalie Loving, 4,640; Nancy Betz, 3,878; and Muriel Hill, 3,214. All are former recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Close behind them are Wendy Baker and Sandy Kimmel at 1,000 hours each.

Four people received blue pins for 500 hours: John Aiello, Lenore Bergstrom, Sharon Kelbley and Wayne Van Doren. Red pins for 250 hours went to Dinah Adams, Kelly Addis, Mandy Bour, Dale Depew, Marilynn Flechtner and Alycia Harrison.

Twenty-two people were recognized with black pins for 100 hours.

Each time a volunteer works, he or she notes the number of hours served and the job performed on a sheet. The numbers are tallied at the end of each year. Statistics for 2012-2013 show that actors logged a total of 4,460 hours; box office workers, 1,664 hours; ushers, 1,457 hours, and education

volunteers (summer camps), 825 hours.

Following the awards, door prizes of performance tickets, gift cards and planters were given.

Volunteers are always welcome. Call (419) 448-8544 to learn more.