Quincy is a small town, very eclectic and neat. It has an extremely good Arts program, catering to music, arts such as paintings and other arts and crafts. Quincy Symphony is know in wide areas. The Quincy public Schools have catered to music programs always, and their bands have been chosen to play at various National venues.
ENCORE is a volunteer council for the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association. Every alternate year money is raised through a contest, and this money is funded for scholarships, the youth symphony and various school music departments. Quincy public is tuned to the youth of this town, and they have always been generous with their donations. The money raised through this effort, stays here and helps the youth.
This year, five candidates were chosen for this competition. The one who raises the most monies, is the winner. The people chosen were, the local president of Merrill Lynch, an artist form the local theater group, a funeral director, a lady who heads the finance department of a big company, and my daughter Saadia. There was a kick off party on the 30th of September, to introduce the candidates. After two months of working towards it, the winner was announced this past Thursday.
Saadia won it big time!
I am so proud of the way she did it all. She didn’t go on the waves, or talk too much about it to various organizations. With humility and sweetness, she simply talked about the program and how it benefits the community, to groups of people. Word of mouth travels. She was not auctioning anything in favor of votes for her. I was so amazed at the maturity and dignity with which she handled herself. The total amount that was raised this year, was $21K. The largest since the beginning of this program 60 years ago.
Last night there was a Holiday concert, The Snowman, at the local school. The auditorium was packed with over two thousand Quincy people. The program was wonderful with Quincy Symphony playing, and the short animated movie on the screen with background music by the symphony. It was so well done. The conductor was Bruce Briney. He introduced Saadia after three numbers, and she conducted one number, “Sleigh Ride”. It was so cool, and she was such a professional through all this, with a smile that never quit!
The entire family was there, except her son Noah who was at college. My son Sayeed was bursting with pride at this honor that was given her.
So proud of her. So proud! This is what we saw this morning… Front Page with her picture, conducting the number.
So good, no??