Rev. Dr. Crystal Bujol, Artistic Director and The Gifford Youth Orchestra Board of Directors Chair, is Exchange Club of Indian River’s 2018 recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds award. This award, presented annually by the club, is its highest honor, one bestowed on an outstanding person whose extraordinary achievements benefit the community at large.
According to Exchangite George Blythe, a member of the board of directors of the Gifford Youth Orchestra, “Dr. Crystal Bujol has singlehandedly built the orchestra from an idea to a dream to a reality.” A retired pastor who spent 22 years in the pulpit, Crystal is the founder of the Orchestra. She has seen the program grow to one that teaches classical music ‒ violin, cello, viola, and piano taught by four music professionals ‒ to more than thirty students. The program owns enough instruments to provide to students so they can practice at home. The motto of the program is “More Violins, Brighter Futures” which has become a reality: More than 200 students have participated in the program in its fifteen years of existence; those who completed the program in high school have gone on to attend and complete college.
James Parks, Secretary and Treasurer of the Orchestra’s Board, and Freddie Woolfork, Director of Public Relations and Facilities Operation at Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Inc., accompanied Crystal to the presentation at the Exchangites’ June 13 lunch meeting at C.J. Cannon’s.
Most music classes are held at Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Inc. (GYAC), 4855 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach. More information about the orchestra may be found at http://www.gyotigers.org; the GYAC website is http://www.gyac.net/.
Exchange Club of Indian River has provided the community with programs in youth activities, service, and Americanism since 1973. It is affiliated with America’s service club, the National Exchange Club. Members meet for lunch at C.J. Cannon’s Wednesdays at noon. Meetings feature programs on a wide range of business, government and civic, charity, personal, and professional topics. The club is also a partner in the Vero Beach Air Show.
The Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Federal ID #65-1098946, Florida Registration #CH14747). It was founded in 2001 exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to aid in the prevention of child abuse. Because members believe every child in their community should have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, and strong, the Foundation funds local projects in pursuit of this goal.
Persons interested in learning more about Exchange Club of Indian River membership, working for prevention of child abuse, or donating to the Foundation may seek further information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling club president Nancy Gollnick at 772-532-8758, or visiting http:/http://www.exchangeclubofindianriver.org and its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ECOFIR/.