WANISS Wins Spotlight Award for its May Wine Brunch Fundraiser





Munster, Indiana—WANISS (Women’s Association of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Society) is one of eight volunteer organizations chosen by The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras to receive a Spotlight Award for its May Wine Brunch Fundraiser. 


The Volunteer Council’s annual award program recognizes outstanding projects done by volunteer associations from around the country to help ensure the success of their orchestras. Spotlight Awards are given for projects that have contributed to the success of an overall initiative or for a noteworthy tactic or activity. Winning projects are selected based upon originality, volunteer involvement, adaptability, and the overall success of the project in meeting its goals.


WANISS was set receive its award at the League’s National Conference in Minneapolis, June 10-12, 2020 however due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, they received the award via mail this summer. 


“The League’s Volunteer Council knows firsthand the rewards and challenges of planning and executing volunteer projects. Our goal is to inspire and educate volunteers by acknowledging and sharing the best, most innovative volunteer-driven projects from across the country in categories including: Audience Development/Community Engagement, Communication/Technology, Education, Leadership/Organizational Structure, Membership, Fundraising, and Service Projects,” said Terry Ann White, president of the Volunteer Council and a member of the Amarillo Symphony Guild.



About the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras

The Volunteer Council is an organization of recognized volunteer leaders throughout the United States and Canada who have demonstrated outstanding support for their symphony orchestras. Our Council members represent nineteen volunteer associations affiliated with orchestras from coast to coast and across the entire spectrum of budget tiers.


The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit