Vote for your favorite STAR to win the People's Choice Award!
Voting will end at noon on May 12, 2017.
The winner will be awarded the trophy that evening!
In economic development, it is easier to help an existing business thrive than to attract a new one. We have a quality symphony and organization that brings a broad spectrum of talent and music to our community - an asset that is unheard of in most places. We protect this asset because another community would be happy to step up - and if it goes we don’t get it back! We support the symphony because we need music, art, song and dance to enrich us, fill us with joy and set us free even as we are joined to one another. We have this in the symphony and it’s important that we keep it.
Owner of Grand Mere Restaurant
Charley Racine’s dancing ability began at the Grande Mere Inn Christmas parties with his very entertaining interpretation of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” as he high kicked, twirled, and back-dipped while center stage surrounded by his employees, friends, and family as they laughed in hysterics at his unique moves.
Charley is the owner of the Grande Mere Inn restaurant in Stevensville. He has been active in the family owned restaurant for 18 years having taken over the reins as owner from his parents three years ago. Although he has spent many years behind the scenes in the kitchen cooking, Charley can now most often be found at the front of the house welcoming and seating guests.
SMSO is important to support because SMSO brings people in our small community together, and provides the opportunity to listen to great music and acknowledge the importance music plays in our lives.
Ex-Calendar Girl looking for a New Adventure
Carol has spent the last 27 years in and around Twin City Players, acting, directing, working in the box office and on the TCP board, in the process acquiring a few theatrical skills. Dancing, unfortunately, was not one of them. Still, when the SMSO came calling, she said yes. It was time for a new adventure.
Carol is retired from Whirlpool Corporation. Though she recently moved from her long-time home in Harbert to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, she still commutes to Union Pier to do a little bookkeeping for Timothy's, her step-son's restaurant, and to New Buffalo where she works part time at Posh Upscale Consignment. Occasional travel and keeping company with her new friend Gene round out her life, which Carol describes as "blessed beyond words."
There is a reason why there are three Sizer music scholarships at Lake Michigan College and why my late husband, Steve, and I were neck deep in its Music Matters capital campaign. Neither of us cared to envision a world without music. The joy of it. The magic of it. Just think of the time and resources every musician must invest to be good enough to play with the orchestra. Then multiply that by 30 or 50. Which makes every SMSO concert a rare gift. Now that I think of it, wouldn't that be an excellent formula for living; practicing hours and hours every day to do it well? Get it right?
Superintendent, Benton Harbor Area Schools
The care, education, and well-being of children has always been my passion, and a little over a year ago, the opportunity to serve the children in Benton Harbor called me from my home in St. Louis, Missouri. Believing we are never too old to learn or try something new, I accepted the challenge to dance in tonight's event as I accepted the opportunity to move here as Superintendent of the Benton Harbor Area Schools. To be a part of something that helps others have an opportunity to experience the joy of music is a special blessing that I pray is evidenced in my dance tonight!
It is important to support SMSO because music and the arts provide opportunities for people to express themselves, find commonalities and cross barriers and boundaries sometimes unknown. Music allows us to reach deep into ourselves and encourages reflection, love and peace. SMSO's mission is "Transforming lives through music". I believe, therefore I support.
I think the Sunset Coast is the most awesomest place I’ve ever lived! I love me some Funk. Grew up listening to Motown, played electric bass in the Jazz Band for at least 10 semesters in junior college, 6 of which I proudly received no credit, and now play bass only once annually when I make the pilgrimage to Guitar Center and then decide I’ll come back and play next year instead of buying a bass.
Without music, where would we be? Growing up in Los Angeles, musically I became spoiled. There was always music of all types played. Visited Jazz clubs all over and the Roxy back in the days when it cost 5-10 bucks plus a 2 drink minimum. SW Michigan definitely needs more exposure to music of all types, and I hope that the SMSO can bring that to the area.