Morristown’s Mina and Will: Unsung stars of MPAC

Mini Rizzo and Will Fullman were honored as MPAC's top volunteers in 2019. Photo courtesy of MPAC.
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From the Mayo Performing Arts Center:

Will Fullman and Mina Rizzo, both of Morristown, were acknowledged for their volunteer service to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at its annual Volunteer picnic.

Will Fullman was named Volunteer of the Year for his dedicated service to the organization. He has been a volunteer at MPAC since 2009.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2019: Will Fullman of the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of MPAC

“Will is that always smiling, positive ticket taker that is so charming!” said Erin Pach, MPAC’s front-of-house director.

“Patrons love seeing him and he is always attentive and calm and makes patrons feel welcomed. He is so respected by his fellow volunteers that they gave him a standing ovation when he was announced as our volunteer of the year because they all felt nobody deserved it more than him.”

Mina Rizzo was honored for Most Days Volunteered, a record 202 performances in one year.

She has been an MPAC volunteer for 11 years and has earned the title of Head Usher. As Head Usher, she helps House Management with attendance on performance days and instructs the volunteers of their duties for the evening.

“Mina is a fixture at Door 2,” Pach says.

“She is House Management’s right arm, especially when it’s busy. She knows exactly what needs to get done and when. She makes sure everyone upholds the professionalism MPAC represents.  Having set a record with over 200 performances, we had to create a new award category!”

All volunteers were honored and cited for their service at the picnic.

“Volunteers such as Will and Mina are true representatives of the tireless assistance that all of our volunteers provide our organization,” added Allison Larena, president and CEO of MPAC.

“We thank all of our volunteers for making MPAC a welcoming place for our patrons.”

MPAC has more than 150 individuals who volunteer at the theater for a variety of duties, such as ticket scanners, concessionaires and ushers.

Sign-ups for next season are ongoing, with training in September. If you have an interest in the performing arts and enjoy working with the public, MPAC invites invited interested individuals to join our corps of volunteers.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Erin Pach.

About MPAC

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2019-2020 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.

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