I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new president of Friends of SOCSA
(FOS) and to let you know about all of the exciting opportunities ahead for the talented kids in the SOCSA program. As we begin the new school year – I am grateful to my predecessor Pia Patrick for her steadfast commitment to FOS. Over the past year, her leadership is characterized by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and, most valuable, her tireless efforts to establish FOS as a true collaborative partner with the SOCSA Academy. I am very fortunate to have the knowledge base of Pia, which will be a valuable asset in assisting me and my fellow Board members navigate the coming year.
I am thrilled by the energy, enthusiasm, and expertise that the new Board brings to Friends of SOCSA. Lisa Fry is serving as our new Executive Secretary and Kathryn Takach is our new Treasurer. Both of these amazing women bring a wealth of non-profit volunteer experience and business savvy as it relates to the performing arts.
Lisa Fry is one of the founding members of the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and will continue dedicating her time by serving on the Board as Executive Secretary AND helping fuel fundraising efforts. Last year she brought in some incredible opportunities for SOCSA students, such as coordinating SOCSA’s participation in Musical Theater Competitions of America and a Broadway Master Class series with real working Broadway performers – all enriching the student performing experience while contributing to our FOS fundraising goals.
Kathryn Takach brings to the table a strong finance background along with a passion for community volunteerism. She is excited to be a part of the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and partner with the SOCSA Academy where we can combine our interests in the arts in Orange County and help provide students exceptional access to the arts in education.
I am also excited to welcome the following new and former board members:
Pia Patrick – Past-President Advisor
Scott Green – VP PR/Marketing
Tammy Plett – Vocal Music Liaison
Walter Avillanoza – Theater Arts Liaison
Heather Bonani – Dance Liaison
Lisa Wright – Corporate/Community Sponsorships
Susan Hahn – Volunteer Coordinator
Maria Casareto – Snack Cart Manager
Amy Betonte – Community Outreach
Gina Andraos – Spirit Wear Manager
I’m so honored to be teaming with this amazing group of dedicated parents and continuing the positive momentum that FOS launched a year ago. As a Board member last year, I really saw the fruition of hard work and dedicated time that every person has made in support of the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and the SOCSA program! We accomplished extraordinary things and I am so impressed with how we have come together as a community.
Continuing our mission is very simple. We will remain committed to raising critically needed funds to support the students and teachers of SOCSA Academy. Because SOCSA is funded solely by donations, enrollment donations are sought from every student registering in the SOCSA Academy. But know that no child is turned away from SOCSA based on their ability to donate. Not everyone may be aware that SOCSA begins each year with a deficit between what is collected at registration and what is needed to fully fund the SOCSA program. For the coming year, we are focusing on raising project-based funds and we need everyone’s help in obtaining funding for the needs of the SOCSA program.
Lastly, I am honored and humbled to be serving as the new President for the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and to be working alongside the many dedicated teachers and parents who keep the lights on for SOCSA. We want you to know we are listening and would appreciate any comments, ideas, and constructive feedback you might have.
If you want to be a part of this amazing, dedicated team – we have the following positions open; please contact me directly if one of these positions are of interest to you – we would love to have you on our team!
- Visual Arts Liaison – great for parents that have a child in the Visual Arts program!
- Hospitality Manager – Coordinates concessions with department liaisons and/or chairpersons upon request. Coordinates teacher appreciation, other specialty events, and FOS hosted events/shows.
Friends of SOCSA – President