The Illinois Council of Orchestras has announced their annual awards for 2014 and the "Volunteer(s) of the Year" has been given to Richard and Dorothy DuSold of Park Ridge for their long-time dedication to the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra.
Worthy recipients of the prestigious award for volunteerism, the DuSolds served the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra (PRCO) during sixteen seasons managing all stage operations for the orchestra's performances. Their unique background in building sets, props and costumes for ice shows in Park Ridge and Skokie over many years made them ideal candidates for the task. Dick was a retired consultant and Dorothy an artist and painter. On the strength of their artistic and technical experience Dick became the PRCO's first stage manager with Dorothy as his right hand.
In a recent interview the DuSolds recalled "Our goal throughout those 16 years was to make the best possible setting for the performance, but also to be sure that the individual needs of each orchestra member was considered -- after all those years we got to know just what each member wanted: special chairs, stands, lighting. In addition to our carpentry and electrical tools, we also had an emergency kit with us in case someone needed bandages, safety pins, sewing repairs, etc. The orchestra members were always pleased to know that we tried to make them as comfortable as possible so they could perform to the best of their ability."
Presentation of the award in Park Ridge by ICO Board Member Perry Fisher will take place this spring. The Illinois Council of Orchestras was founded in 1974 to encourage and assist orchestras throughout the state. The DuSolds are among 4 other individuals and one orchestra to be singled out for this year's honors.
Park Ridge Civic Orchestra