Posted by: oregonfanhs | March 14, 2012

Filipino Named Oregon Volunteer of the Year

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Newnam Named Oregon’s Volunteer of the Year
Eugene, Oregon.  The Oregon Festival and Events Association named Salem World Beat Festival volunteer Marisa Newnam as its 2011 recipient of their Oregon Volunteer of the Year Ovation Award, which was presented at the association’s annual conference held recently in Eugene.
Marissa has been involved with the World Beat Festival since 1998 and serving on its board since 2011. Kathleen Fish, World Beat Festival Co-founder said, “She embodies everything that World Beat is, she is the head of our tribe … She is our compass, our elder, our Mother Teresa … there just are not enough superlatives to describe what she is to the organization.”
Marissa has designed a full exhibit and two partial exhibits on the Philippines for the World Beat Gallery. She served on the dragon boat race, marketing and exhibits committees and as a cultural ambassador to various community groups in the area. However, her greatest contribution to the festival’s success has been as entertainment chair.
Five hundred and seventy-five cultural performers, 405 volunteers, 125 performances, 94 cultural vendors and exhibitors and 63 cultures were represented at this year’s festival. “That is the statistical break down,” said Graham Morris, the festival’s executive director. “What this does not show are the countless hours of tireless dedication Marissa has devoted to seeing those numbers grow in volume and diversity since she joined the Salem Multicultural Institute.”  She truly deserves to be recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.

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