Tri-Cities Opera volunteer recognized for 50 years of service

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A longtime volunteer at Tri-Cities Opera is being recognized for his 50 years of service to the organization.

The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation presented Chris Julian with the inaugural Arthur Orr Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service.    

The Klee Foundation provides operating expenses and capital funding for non-profits focused on the arts in our community.

Wednesday night at the Binghamton Club, the Klee Foundation awarded Julian, a 50-year volunteer who's worked on the stage crew and in the box office for TCO.

Here's Foundation Board Chair Pat Ingraham followed by Julian.

"We were stunned when we saw his application. Really, 50 years?!" said Ingraham.

Award Recipient Chris Julian said, "I can do without the fanfare."

While Julian knew he was being recognized ahead of time, the Klee Foundation announced last night that the award is named after Arthur Orr, who sits on the Board of Directors.

In addition to the honor and trophy, Julian was also given $1,000 dollars to donate to an organization of his choice.

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