LETTER OF PRESENTATION TO ESTIE KEYES
Date: June 8, 2008
I wish that I could be here today with you and our wonderful volunteers to tell everyone how much we are going to miss you on the Board of Directors next season. I wish I could tell them how much I have personally depended on your wonderful support and your commitment to our Little Theatre.
But then, every volunteer, each and every one of them – knows how much you mean to us. They have witnessed first hand how you have gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations to really make this all-volunteer organization work – to make us the best, most successful community theatre in Central Florida. They’ve witnessed the fun of being a member of the Little Theatre, because you have made it so much fun for us.
It isn’t often in my several years on this planet that I have run into someone like you – someone who will go to the outer limits to make something exactly right and appropriate for every occasion – someone who walks the tightrope of success with nary a safety net, nary a complaint, and always carries with her a big bright smile that lights up the room.
I simply can’t let this occasion go by unnoticed. And so I have asked our award people here in town to create a special remembrance for you. Again, I wish I could be there in person to give it to you – to put my arms around you and hug you and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because, for me, this award says it all. I can’t think of a better name for it than to have named it after you.
And, so, Estie Keyes, even from this distance that separates us today, I present to you the first ever Little Theatre Estie. It’s for an achievement of perfection that for us has no equal. I think you’ll recognize a part of it. At its centerpiece is something familiar that you originated. I hope you’ll display your Estie in a prominent place in your home where friends who visit will know just how much you mean to us.
Now I simply ask that someone come up and hug Estie for me so that she’ll know I’m really here in spirit even if I can’t be here in person.
With much admiration and affection,
Bill Cook, LT President