MATV’s Annual Celebration and Dinner Show was a major success and I want to thank everyone who participated in making it the incredible event it turned out to be. This year’s theme was MATV’s Connection to the Arts and was aptly called, “ARTrageous” and featured an art exhibit that included over 35 artists who have shown their artwork in our MATV Gallery since the space opened in 2002. It was held at the beautiful Malden Senior Community Center on September 23rd and involved not only our membership, but many of our supporters and some new faces just finding out who we were for the first time.
The evening began with an incredible potluck buffet dinner that highlighted a generous amount of food donated by local restaurants and participating guests who cooked up some delightful homemade dishes. Each table was decorated with an artful center piece created by MATV Receptionist, Josephine Royal whose imaginative artistic expression was evident as she designed and built 17 individual creations from various found objects and materials from around the studio and the Children’s Museum. They were truly works of art and everyone appreciated them.
A slide show created by MATV Director of Programming and New Media, Patrick Gordon and Volunteer Coordinator, Dee Jaye Tobin was screened during dinner and highlighted many of the accomplishments we had over the past year. This was followed by our Annual Dinner Show and Election that was held in the auditorium and featured several entertainers, various videos and a night of recognition for our volunteers and producers.
Congratulations to Joe Turner and Karin Nystrom who received the “Outstanding New Program” award for their series, “All Faiths Showcase” and to MATV Assistant Director, Anne D’Urso Rose for receiving the “Golden Disc Award” for her long running series, “Gallery Spotlight”. The “Volunteer of the Year” was given to MATV member, Susan Needleman and the “Cyber Café Volunteer of the Year” was Justin Rose.
As is the tradition, MATV Executive Director Ron Cox’s entrance drew many laughs and generous applause as he appeared at the front door pulling a sculpture he created of the imaginary camera and tripod used as a logo promoting the event. To the delight of the audience, he expressed his joy at the fact that after five years, he finally made it to an Annual Meeting on time. The host, Station Manager, Terlonzo Amos did a great job keeping the momentum going throughout the night and concluded with the election of a new member to the MATV Board of Directors. Congratulations to DJ Nomadik who will begin her 3 year term in October and many thanks to former Board Member, Richard Amirault for his 5 years of service.
I also want to thank all the performers, The Malden Senior Center Line Dancers, Genevieve and David Crespo, the Maestro Zoom and the Donstress, Row Jones as well as Guillermo Biasini who created and produced an engaging animation promoting MATV. It was a great evening and look for the video of the event on our public access channel.