GFWC Volunteers in Action: Mississippi Florentine Evening Club and Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York)

July 21, 2020

In June, the GFWC Mississippi Florentine Evening Club provided gift cards from the hospital coffee shop, muffins, cookies, and other baked goods to the 4th floor ICU nurses and doctors at St. Dominic Hospital as they heroically face COVID-19 on a daily basis.


The Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) was very proud to present a $1,000 music award to Jonathan Doty, a Farmingdale High School 2020 graduate. The Olive B. O’Connor Music Award is presented every year to a qualifying candidate by GFWC New York. The winner must be a resident of New York State, be graduating from an approved New York State (NYS) Education Department high school, private school or academy, and have had preparatory instruction, either in voice or instrument, at the high school level. The award must be used for continued musical education and be approved by the NYS Music Award Chairman.

Women’s clubs throughout NYS submitted the names of qualifying students before the March 1 deadline. Jonathan’s application was submitted by Bea Ferrari, a WCF sponsoring club member and retired FHS teacher. Jonathan has been singing since he was in 6th grade and studying voice since 8th grade. He has been performing high school musicals since his freshman year where he has had the male lead every year. These include “Horton” in Seussical, “The Baker” in Into the Woods, “Nick Piazza” in Fame, and most recently “Link Larkin” in Hairspray. Also included in his resume are many performances in “outside” theatre shows. At FHS, Jonathan was part of the mixed chorus for four years, vocal jazz for three years, and the select barbershop quartet for three years. He was Bass Section Leader and has gone to All County Mixed Chorus for two consecutive years. In addition to singing, Jonathan plays the French horn and has been one of the Drum Majors for the FHS Marching Band.


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