The purpose of this organization shall be to raise a portion of the financial support for The Florida Orchestra, to stimulate interest in it’s concerts, and to encourage growth through volunteer services and fundraising events.
Organized in 1963, The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg, Inc. was originally The St. Petersburg Symphony Guild, an auxiliary of the St. Petersburg Symphony Society. Its mission was and is to raise financial support for the Orchestra, stimulate interest in concerts and encourage growth through volunteer services and fundraising.
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 its 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 opportunities for members of the three Guilds to exchange ideas and promote a spirit of cooperation.
2021-2022 EXECUTIVE TEAM
President: Susanna Bellafante
1st VP: Jan Green (Ways & Means)
2nd VP: Lois Ancona (Membership)
3rd VP: Ginny McConnell (Volunteers)
Recording Secretary: Kristi Kaye
Corresponding Secretary: Susan Sullivan
Treasurer: Cathy deHaan
Assistant Treasurer: Charlene Miller
Advisor to the President: Sara Galiger