Marina Pollard: last fundraising fling for the Queen of Fundraisers

Marina Pollard

Marina at the 64th Australian Jazz Convention 2009,
La Trobe University, Melbourne

MARINA Pollard (fondly known as “The Duchess”) is one of those active “second-liners” who not only love their jazz, but throw themselves whole-heartedly into supporting and promoting it.

Only one of the ways in which Marina has supported jazz has been through her fundraising activities for that splendid institution, The Victorian Jazz Archive.

In her role as Visitor Services manager, Marina has organized close to 90 guided tours of the Archive, which have not only introduced many new members/subscribers to the Archive, but have raised almost $40,000 in entry fees, CD sales from the Archive Shop, and new memberships.

If this wasn’t enough, Marina over the years has organised fundraising events at the Rosstown Hotel and at The Archive itself (for example, last year’s “Jazz on Cup Day”). Here’s a clip of one of the blackboard (well whiteboard really) bands which played on that occasion. Bob Whetstone, trumpet; Gavan Gow, clarinet; John Roberts, trombone; Tony Feehan, keyboard; and Peter Grey on bass.

These activities have raised a further $10,000 annually from entry fees and raffles (If you’ve ever been approached by Marina with her winning smile and raffle books you will know how impossible it is not to open your wallet, not just once but again and again!)

All this is leading up to the fact Marina is giving up her fundraising activities to allow others the opportunity to try their wings at this rewarding but exhausting task.

Her final fundraiser will be on Tuesday 14 February (yes, Valentine’s Day) at the Archive, Koomba Park, 15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna from 10.30am to 1.30pm. It will take the form of a tour of the Archive, a light lunch, and music from one of Australia’s legendary bands – Ross Anderson’s New Melbourne Jazz Band. For all this, the entry fee is a measly $15.00!.

There are still some places left, so do yourself a favour and call Marina on 9781 4972 to grab one or two. For catering purposes this needs to be by Friday 10 February, so pick up the phone and call right now. This is the chance to have a great day’s jazz, and to acknowledge the work that Marina has done for the cause.

Marina Pollard

Hail Marina, Queen of Fundraisers!

3 responses to “Marina Pollard: last fundraising fling for the Queen of Fundraisers

  1. Dear Jane,
    Thank you for all the hard work you put into your JAZZ RAMBLE
    I know for you as it is for me “a labour of love” for what we do for the
    jazz scene…never the less I want ot say to you a “BIG THANK YOU”
    Love from Marina Pollard.

  2. Many thanks Margaret. I’ll put you on my mailing list so you’ll get news direct!

  3. Dear Jane

    I live in Sydney and get your Jazzramble news from a friend in Melbourne and I really enjoy reading it. It is very interesting and informative. Congratulations on doing a great job!


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