Margate Resident Honored for Over 30 Years of Volunteer Service at Broward Center for Performing Arts
Laurel Griefer of Margate with Broward Center President & CEO Kelley Shanley. {Broward Center}

By Ryan Yousefi

A resident from Margate was recently recognized and celebrated for her enduring dedication to volunteering to support the local arts scene.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts recently paid tribute to a special group of volunteer ushers, including Margate resident Laurel Griefer, who has dedicated over three decades to supporting the arts in South Florida.

During the celebration ceremony, the Broward Center celebrated the volunteers by presenting them with a commemorative brick on the Riverwalk, followed by a champagne toast and brunch at Marti’s New River Bistro. 

The honored ushers were also treated to an afternoon matinee performance of Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s “Newsies: The Broadway Musical.”

Among the honorees, Griefer was spotlighted as one of eight ushers to have been with the Broward Center since its grand opening in 1991 with “Phantom of the Opera.” 

The list of honored volunteers includes:

  • Laurel Griefer from Margate
  • Estelle Bitkower from Fort Lauderdale
  • Nancy Brass from Plantation
  • Doris Kalishman from North Miami Beach
  • Jim Rosa from West Palm Beach
  • Phoebe Satlin from Fort Lauderdale
  • Joan Thornton from Pembroke Pines
  • Bruce Voelkel from Pompano Beach

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is currently welcoming new volunteers. It regularly hosts orientations for those interested in joining its ushering ranks, including local art enthusiasts, high school students seeking community service hours, retired seniors, and families who enjoy volunteering together. 

Applications to become a volunteer usher can be found online at, or interested parties can email or call 954.468.2684.

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Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.