“Lee Valenta, retiring general manager of Auburn Symphony Orchestra, recently was honored with the announcement of a new earmarked fund for the symphony in his name,” reads an unsigned Thursday (10/25) article in the Auburn Reporter (Kent, WA). “The Lee Valenta Legacy Fund—created by board members, musicians, community members and friends—will support the symphony’s education programs, expand the music library and enhance the excellence of the symphony for years to come. More than $20,000 has been raised so far, the ASO said. The fund was announced at Valenta’s retirement party on Oct. 21…. Among attendees were members of the symphony’s board of directors, symphony supporters, new Music Director Wesley Schulz, new Executive Director Rachel Woolsey…. Valenta served as GM of the Symphony for 22 years, 10 of which he held the position and its demanding roles as a volunteer. His work [included helping to] find a new music director—a more than two-year-long process—and [organizing] programming and guest conductors.… Previously, Valenta had a long-term career working to create job opportunities and community support systems for people with developmental disabilities. He was a founder of Trillium Employment Services, created in 1983, which serves the community today.”

Posted October 30, 2018