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Passion for the Performing Arts

CFM Account Executive Suzie Giacomelli started volunteering for Portland Center for the Performing Arts during its 2009-2010 season, and she’s already contributed more than 100 hours of service. Suzie is another great example of CFM’s involvement in the community.

Suzie’s marketing public relations expertise and passion for the arts are perfectly matched in her volunteer and leadership roles at PCPA. A classically trained dancer, Giacomelli began ballet at age three, added tap, jazz, pointe, partnering, modern and hip-hop dance to the mix and included theatre arts in her college studies.

Giacomelli performing for PCPA’s 2011 winter social event. Giacomelli leads free public tours of PCPA’s facilities and performance spaces. Tours support PCPA marketing efforts by providing an experience for tourists and community members to learn about PCPA’s upcoming events, tenant companies, architecture and history.

“Tours are interactive and tailored to patron interests. We pair dynamic anecdotes with PCPA’s compelling setting to provide memorable experiences. We may watch the Oregon Symphony rehearse, take patrons on stage or view scenery before an evening performance. There’s tremendous awe, wonder and excitement during a tour,” said Giacomelli.

“Not only is she passionate, but what a great personality! Suzie always gets good feedback from her tour patrons,” said Dixie Villa, who trained Giacomelli.

Giacomelli also accepted a role on PCPA’s Recognition Committee, providing event planning and execution support for large-scale volunteer recognition efforts. She now is Co-Chair of the Committee and a member of PCPA’s Volunteer Council.

“Right away Suzie impressed me with her gung-ho attitude and sunny outlook on life. She jumped right into committee work, contributing good ideas, good contacts and a stable demeanor in a sometimes contentious group,” said Co-Chair and 20-year volunteer Dena Piercy. “I knew Suzie’s direct communication style would mesh well with mine.”

“Suzie’s enthusiasm is contagious,” said PCPA Volunteer Coordinator Margie Humphries.

Moving forward, Giacomelli will partner with Piercy and Humphries to lead planning for PCPA’s Winter Social recognition event and continue in her role as Tour Guide.

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