The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Volunteers for Symphony (VfS) is one of four volunteer organizations chosen by the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras to receive a Spotlight Award for its 2021-22 Car Raffle.  While this was VfS’s first Car Raffle, they sold 546 $100 tickets, which generated $22,000 of support for the QCSO’s music education programs. Due to the fundraiser’s success, VfS is holding another car raffle this season.

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.

“Congratulations to our volunteers on receiving this well-deserved honor,” said QCSO Executive Director Brian Baxter. “It recognizes not just the success of this particular project, but a willingness to be forward-thinking and to try new things as they endeavor to support our mission and vision now and into the future. We are so grateful for their support and innovative spirit!”

VfS will receive its award at the League’s National Conference in Pittsburgh, June 14-16, 2023. During a session for fellow volunteers at Conference VfS President Darlene Link will share details of the project.  The project will also be featured in an upcoming special issue of Volunteer Notes and on the Volunteer Council’s Facebook page.

“The League’s Volunteer Council knows firsthand the rewards and challenges of planning and executing volunteer projects. Our goal is to acknowledge and share innovative projects from across the country and in doing so provide inspiration to fellow volunteers. We look forward to honoring the winners and their outstanding projects at the League’s National Conference in June.” said Janet Cabot, president of the Volunteer Council and a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra League.

In addition to the Spotlight Award, the Council presents The Gold Award of Excellence, which recognizes best-in-class projects that have had a significant impact, and the Classic Award, which acknowledges a longstanding project that has sustained excellence and delivered value over decades. Along with four Spotlight Awards, five Gold Awards of Excellence and one Classic Award were chosen this year.


About the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras

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

About The League of American Orchestras

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 1,800 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


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