The Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg, Inc., a non-profit auxiliary of The Florida Orchestra shall provide service and financial support to The Florida Orchestra. The responsibilities of the Guild shall be to stimulate the cultural development, attendance, awareness and interest in the orchestra and its concerts.
On February 27, Thomas and Barbara Farquhar received the Florida Orchestra Guild’s 2019 Golden Baton Award. The presentation took place at the Renaissance Vinoy Sunset Ballroom in St. Petersburg. The Farquhars join a long list of distinguished recipients who have been honored for exceptional service to and support for The Florida Orchestra. 2019 is the 52nd year the award has been given.
Peggy Grom, St. Petersburg Orchestra Guild President, welcomed guests to the evening celebration. Event Co-Chairs were Sheila Tempelmann and Sara Galiger. Guest and Coffee Concert Conductor Stuart Malina and Clay Ellerbroek, the Orchestra’s Principal Flute, were among the many guests paying tribute to the Farquhars. Ellerbroek played solo pieces by Debussy and Bach in the Farquhars' honor.
Pictured (l. to r.) are Thomas and Barbara Farquhar, receiving the award from event co-chair Sheila Tempelmann and Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis.
Music Director Michael Francis, Tom Farquhar, and Mark Cantrell, Orchestra President and CEO
Honoree Tom Farquhar and Orchestra Board Chair Janet Paroo
The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg, Inc., organized in 1963, was originally The St. Petersburg Symphony Guild, an auxiliary of the St. Petersburg Symphony Society. Its main purpose was to raise a portion of the financial support of the St. Petersburg Orchestra and stimulate interest in it’s concerts. In 1968, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra merged with The Tampa Philharmonic Orchestra to form The Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. The St. Petersburg Guild continued it’s financial support of this new and larger group.
The North Suncoast Associates was formed in 1975, joining the St. Petersburg and Tampa Guilds in supporting The Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. “Hands Across the Bay” luncheons were held, at which members of the Guilds joined to exchange ideas and promote a spirit of cooperation.
In 1984 The Florida Gulf Coast Symphony became The Florida Orchestra and the Guild became The Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg, Inc. Our purpose and activities remain the same.
For many years our Designers’ Showcase was our major fund raising event. We now have the Holiday Tour of Homes and various other fundraisers which enable us to contribute to the cultural life of the community as well as provide financial support to the Orchestra.
President: Peggy Grom
President Elect: Sara Galiger
1st VP: Ginny McConnell
2nd VP: Judy Whitney
3rd VP: Susanna Bellafante
Recording Secretary: Janet Burnett
Corresponding Secretary: Marci Jacobs
Treasurer: Cathy deHaan
Assistant Treasurer: Charlene Miller
Immediate Past President: Emily Gillespie
Advisor to the President: Claire Mazzella