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Volunteer Award Winner:
Marie DelGreco

March 2012

Marie Elizabeth DelGreco

DFT Usher of the Year

The Detroit Film Theatre Ushers are proud to recognize Marie DelGreco as Usher of the Year. Since 2006 she has been an exceptional volunteer in the museum gift shop and Gallery Services, and as an usher. She greets everyone with a smile and cheer that fills the room. Marie sets an example for us all.

A graduate of Osborne High School, Marie’s first dream job was working at Sanders on Woodward near East Grand Boulevard. She continued her dream career at National Bank of Detroit, where she sorted checks using a now-obsolete large machine with rotating drums that represented the banks all over the United States. She particularly enjoyed the challenge of balancing and increasing her hourly output.

Next step in her dream life career, Marie married, became a mother to a beautiful son, Curtis, and daughter, Kimberly, grandmother to two granddaughters, Sarah and Stacy, and worked at J.L. Hudson’s at Eastland. At Eastland Mall she enjoyed the fresh air and running between shops, rain or shine, when the mall was still not enclosed and you could see the stars or catch a snowflake on your tongue or the rain on your face.

Marie continued her education with night-school courses, which prepared her for her next career move: the Michigan Secretary of State Office. At SOS, Marie processed driver’s licenses, state identification cards, license plates, car titles, and more. She especially liked officiating road tests: “it had some of the thrills of Cedar Point with a paycheck at the end of the week!”

Upon retiring from SOS, Marie joined several pinochle clubs and played three to four times a week. But the DIA Degas exhibit changed her life. The museum was looking for volunteers, particularly for the Degas exhibit, so Marie applied. From there, she volunteered at the museum shop. When the DIA renovations were completed in 2007, a call went out for Gallery Service volunteers and Marie answered! She had found another new, exciting area of the museum. And from there, Marie found the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT). So she dropped the pinochle clubs and placed her energy into the Gallery Services and DFT.

When not at the DIA, Marie enjoys local sports teams, knitting and crocheting combined with listening to books on tape, volunteering at the Detroit Opera House (DOH), David Bowie, trying new things, and cooking. Her favorite cooking show was Pasquale’s kitchen, where she learned that “everything went together, so look in the fridge for anything not fuzzy or too wrinkled and start cooking!”

Marie looks forward to seeing everyone at the DIA and DFT and DOH.

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