Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volunteer of the Month: Tony Ventrella

Tony first became involved with Rebuilding Together Seattle at the Sounders Rebuilding Day in June 2011. Tony was out interviewing Sounders players and the family receiving the help, and of course, making new friends.  He followed up the rebuilding day with offering to emcee our annual fundraising event that fall, for free. 

“Rebuilding Together Seattle was truly lucky to work with Tony this year for our annual fundraiser," RTS Executive Director, Margie Thirlby, said.  "Not only was Tony a huge hit that night, but he contributed strongly to the success of our event, through his countless contributions before, during, and after our event.  We are lucky to work with a community leader who not only believes in our mission and donates his time, but someone who is truly a kind, funny, and fantastic person to work with.”

Tony Ventrella (L) with Board Member, Tim Lane
 at our Beer & Wine Tasting fundraiser

Let's hear from Tony!!

1. Why did you choose to get involved with RTS?
I chose to get involved in RTS when I attended an event with SoundersFC.Com to produce a video involving some of the players and volunteers. I was impressed by the organization and of each volunteers' duties in and around the house, the positive attitude of everyone involved and the simplicity of getting right to the heart of a problem with a hands on effort. Also I thought Margie was really cute.
I enjoy the passion of the people involved in RTS. They are focused on their task and yet they have fun doing it.

2. What do you enjoy most about working with our organization?
My colleagues were also impressed with what they’ve seen of RTS on the day I mentioned and overall.

3. What do your colleagues or other volunteers say about RTS?

Volunteering your time is like taking some magic “tonic” that instantly works to make you feel better. There is no better feeling.

4. Why do they want to volunteer their time?
I’m most drawn to the direct approach of helping people and the minimal “red tape” involved.

Tim and Tony at our annual Beer & Wine Tasting fundraiser

Tony and RTS client, Alice, at the Beer & Wine Tasting 2011

RTS Director, Margie Thirlby and Tony at the 2011 Sounders Rebuilding Day in South Park

Tony, doing his thing!

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