Cultural groups honor arts education crusader Minette Cooper

by | Oct 11, 2013 | What’s Happening

Saturday, Nov. 2, 5:30pm

The Virginia Symphony League and Young Audiences of Virginia are joining forces to honor Bettie Minette Cooper with a Gala.

The celebration recognizes the 50 years of Cooper’s passionately persistent, vocal and philanthropic support of music and arts education programs through the two organizations. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Virginia Symphony and Young Audiences programs performed in schools, libraries and other locations. Seven million students have benefited from the programs.

Cooper’s five-decade, seven page bio of active participation, leadership achievements and board memberships involves virtually every arts, artistic performance, cultural, civic and community organization, and Arts Commissions in Tidewater and the Commonwealth of Virginia. A former director of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and the Chrysler Museum, Cooper currently serves on the board of Virginia Wesleyan College, the Future of Hampton Roads and Ohef Sholom Temple. She is also an Alto in the Virginia Symphony Chorus.

The $150/per person charity event takes place at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and includes cocktails, dinner, music and a live auction led by auctioneer Rick Overy. The auction features “experience packages” and a “Paddle Raise” which gives bidders the chance to personally support individual education performances.