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Mtzo Martinez Opera, Inc.
August 28, 2009

The Martinez Opera provides high quality opera performances at an affordable cost. I have volunteered for the opera and am always impressed by the commitment of the Executive Director Maria Billingsley. She is the lifeblood of the opera. It is amazing to me that our small town can produce the caliber of performance that we do. We have gotten rave reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle and people come from all over the Bay Area to attend our opera. It is something we're very proud of here in Martinez. We do, however, always need support and funding from the community. Maria stages bi-monthly Dine with a Diva dinner events which draw about 80 people from our community and is a highly successful fundraiser. As a volunteer, I have paritipcated in many events and find each event highly rewarding. It feels wonderful to be in the thick of things and know that I am supporting a community treasure. Fellow volunteers are highly committed as well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the excellent performances that this local company puts on, bringing quality professionals from around the country to perform here.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to be a part of something that is of high caliber and contributes so much to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Equally committed to ensuring that this local opera company thrives and endures.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Find a permanent place to store scenery, costumes and props needed to stage an opera. Further, the Executive Director could be relieved of paying expenses from her own pocket to keep the opera afloat.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have helped move sets, acted as hostess at opera auditions which was great fun, participated in our annual Fourth of July parade, volunteered at a volunteer recruitment event, attended bi-monthly Dine with a Diva dinner events.