JEANNIE BUTLER RECEIVES PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE AWARD
Opera Volunteers International Bestows Coveted Award on Palmetto Opera Volunteer
The Palmetto Opera began in 2001 with a group of motivated enthusiasts and a goal to bring professional opera into South Carolina. Jeannie Stier Butler has served three terms as Palmetto Opera Board Vice President as well as two years as treasurer. In recognition of her efforts, Opera Volunteers International honored Jeannie by presenting her with the prestigious Partners in Excellence Award. This award, one of only four given throughout North America, was presented to Jeannie at a special reception on June 19th, along with a proclamation from Mayor of Columbia Steve Benjamin. Other awards were presented at the Opera Volunteers International Awards Dinner in Washington D.C. on May 8th. This event was part of the Opera America/OVI 2015 Opera Conference.
Financial sustainability of the Palmetto Opera is a major goal and Jeannie, a seasoned and careful numbers specialist among artsy entertainment types, has been indispensable to the effort. She keeps the books and keeps everyone on track. Not only has she demonstrated excellent leadership skills, but she is equally enthusiastic about helping plan events, keeping mailing lists, fundraising, searching for volunteers and advocating opera to anyone who will listen. She is passionate about establishing a regular grand opera season in Columbia and also about offering full productions that combine rich international, national and South Carolina opera talent, musicians and dancers.
Jeannie Stier Butler is a native of Columbia, S.C.. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Dallas and her master degree in environmental science at the University of Texas at Dallas. She taught at the Corp of Engineers in Dallas and was a professor at Rogers State University in Oklahoma. She began her real estate career in Columbia in 1966 with Coldwell Bank and has been with RE-MAX Real Estate Services since 1991.
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