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Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Donsbach

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 12:53am
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Elizabeth Donsbach volunteers for numerous area organizations, including the Augusta Players, Augusta Symphony Guild, Junior League of Augusta and American Red Cross.
Elizabeth Donsbach volunteers for numerous area organizations, including the Augusta Players, Augusta Symphony Guild, Junior League of Augusta and American Red Cross.

Growing up in Mobile, Ala., Elizabeth Donsbach saw firsthand how disaster relief organizations like the American Red Cross helped victims of tornadoes, floods and hurricanes, and she knew that was one organization she wanted be part of.

"I was fortunate enough to never have had a home destroyed, but I saw the wonderful benefits and assistance the Red Cross brought to those to did," said the Martinez resident, who volunteers for several organizations including the American Red Cross of Augusta, where she serves on the board of directors.

One of the projects she helps with is the annual Boot Scoot Boogie Bash, which raises money for the organization. While the Augusta area doesn't see a lot of natural disasters, there are a lot of calls to assist people who've lost homes in fires. Over 220 families in the area lost their home in a fire within the past year, Donsbach said.

Donsbach also is passionate about the arts. She is a member of the Augusta Symphony Guild, which supports Symphony Orchestra Augusta. One of the guild's fundraisers is the annual kitchen tour, which brought in more than $33,000 in March. Donsbach was one of three committee chairwomen for the event. Plans are already in the works for the 2018 tour with homes in Summerville and West Lake.

"The homes are gorgeous. I can't wait for people to see them," she said of the tour, scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018.

In addition to the Augusta Symphony Guild, Donsbach works with the Augusta Players, serving on its board. She's part of the annual Auggie Awards planning committee as well. The Auggie Awards honor the volunteers who work on stage on behind the scenes each season. The event will be held on Aug. 27.

She said she's looking forward to the Players' upcoming season and working with Scott Seidl, the organization's new artistic and executive director who takes over on Sept. 1. He will be introduced formally at the Auggies.

The Junior League of Augusta is another organization Donsbach has been a member of for several years. She served as its president in 2011 and 2012 and board chair from 2013 to 2014.

The Junior League is a volunteer organization with a mission of "empowering women, training volunteers and improving the community," she said.

The organization does a few major fundraisers each year to support a variety of grant programs, such as arts grants, classroom enrichment grants and enabling awards to other area nonprofits.

It raises money through its Tea Time at the Masters cookbooks, its annual Attic Sale and its holiday market.

Donsbach and her husband, John, have two children, John, 10, and Ben, 8. They also have a Boston terrier named Milly.

Donsbach also volunteers at her sons' school, Stevens Creek Elementary. She's helped out in the classroom and even served meals on the cafeteria line once a month. And she's a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she has served on the board of trustees.

"It's busy, but it's fun. I love being able to give back and still be at home with my children," she said.

 

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