JoAnn Krajeski honored for volunteerism
It has been nearly two years since JoAnn Krajeski passed away in a tragic bicycle accident on Brown’s Canyon Road, but her legacy lives on.
On Tuesday, Krajeski was named Volunteer Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Park City. Her husband, David Krajeski, and several members of her family accepted the award on her behalf.
Volunteer Citizen is designated each year to an individual or group who has made exemplary contributions to the Park City/Summit County community through unpaid volunteerism. "I don’t know anybody who exemplifies that better than JoAnn Krajeski," said Tom Billings, who presented the award.
Krajeski, a true aficionado of the arts, made her mark on nearly every aspect of Park City’s artistic community. As speaker Jerry Howells told fellow Rotarians, her living legacy has been manifested in a list of accomplishments too lengthy to name.
Krajeski was a founding member of Save Our Stage, the organization that essentially rescued the Egyptian Theatre from certain demise and spearheaded its renovation. She served as president of Park City Performing Arts Foundation (PCPAF) and was instrumental in establishing the Eccles Center. She also served on the Recreation Arts and Parks Tax Cultural Advisory Committee, helped start the original Park City Arts Council, and was involved in various other organizations.
"JoAnn has left us a heritage of the highest form of volunteerism," said longtime friend Wendy Lavitt. "Whatever she took on, she did it seriously and without fanfare. She made Park City a better place."
Teri Orr, executive director of PCPAF, was unable to attend the award presentation but sent a letter to share. "JoAnn saw beauty all around her and because of her, we now can see and hear and experience beauty all around us," she wrote.
Randy Barton of the Egyptian Theatre also sent a message of gratitude for Krajeski’s unwavering commitment to the theatre. He announced that the upcoming production of "Hair" will be dedicated to Krajeski, along with Save Our Stage co-founder Rick Rogers.
Although Krajeski’s family may never know what caused her fateful accident, David says that honoring her service and memory provides a sense of closure. "[This award] means a lot to us as a family," he said. "She changed my life and the lives of so many others. She changed our community."
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