Friday, May 3, 2013

Volunteers showcase musical talents

Boston University senior Mai Doan typically spends three hours a week at the MGH distributing books to patients from the hospital’s roving book cart. But on April 30, instead of literacy choices, the MGH volunteer held in her hands a guitar as she stood in front of the O’Keeffe Auditorium, singing Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”

Doan was one of eight members of the MGH Volunteer Department who shared their musical skills during the group’s second annual talent show – part of national Volunteer Recognition Week, April 29 through May 3.

“We have 1,500 volunteers that join us at the MGH every year, and we get to see the talents they give to us on a daily basis – good intentions, their compassionate hearts and the way they embrace and help our families and staff,” said Wayne Newell, director of the Volunteer Department and Information Desks. “Those are all great talents, but we also knew they had a number of other talents when they take off their pink coats.”

The musical selections included Broadway tunes, classic rock and pop hits, with volunteers playing the piano, guitar and violin during the two-hour event. “I love performing and I’ve always been involved in music,” said Jonas St. Fleur, who sang “Worthy is the Land” by Hillsong. “Music has always been personal to me and I am glad to be able to share it today.”

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