MARILYN MCINTYRE

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Kathi Saage
Don Crevier
Marilyn Mcintyre
Yvonne Jordan

MARILYN MCINTYRE

Unbeknownst to Marilyn McIntyre, a dinner invitation by her friend, Pat Yoder, in 1993 would lead to over a decade of passionate and generous involvement with The Wooden Floor. The dinner was followed by attending The Wooden Floor's Annual Concert. "I just thought it was fabulous" says McIntyre, "but I still didn't get the full picture." Soon after, she was introduced to The Wooden Floor founder, Beth Burns. Burns asked McIntyre to serve on The Wooden Floor's Board of Directors, and she jokes "One does not say no to Beth." Marilyn served on the Board for about a decade, and in 2004, she and her husband were named "Volunteers of the Year." Marilyn now concentrates on a heartwarming annual project called "Eat and Wrap." She hosts this popular event with her good friends Dorothy Kennedy and Edie Barvin. Together, they assemble a large group of volunteers to wrap over 4oo presents which The Wooden Floor provides to each student annually during the holiday season. After the rigorous wrapping session, participants gather together for lunch. "Everybody has a good time. They go out of their way to tell me." As for McIntyre's good times, she speaks fondly of her years on the Board "I met such special people, like Manuel Gomez and Donald McKayle." She also mentions how a few students of The Wooden Floor have become her extended family. In addition, McIntyre enjoys hosting new friends at her own dinner parties, followed by a performance by The Wooden Floor. "It really is a passion for me. A lot of my friends see me coming and they start laughing because they know what I am going to be talking about. I have no idea how many people I have exposed to this mission, I'm sure it is a lot."