Marilyn Wolfe feels a deep sense of satisfaction when she sits at the keys of a new grand piano on the performance stage at Payson High School.
The $35,000 piano was purchased last year with community donations from a major fund-raising project organized by volunteers from the Tonto Community Concert Association. Wolfe, who is serving her second term as president of the group, encourages seniors to get out of the house and get involved.
"Being involved in volunteering makes a tremendous difference in our lives," Wolfe said. "I remember when my husband Dick and I first moved here and finished building our home, we looked at each other and said, ‘Now what are we going to do?'
"So we looked at the needs in the community and what might interest us the most. I found that the concert association was a big interest to me."
Wolfe and her husband found other areas to serve including the Payson Art League and later, the Zane Grey cabin restoration project.
"We just get such a deep sense of satisfaction in accomplishing something," Wolfe said. "A prime example of this is to see the Zane Grey cabin standing there (at Payson's Green Valley Park), or to see so many people enjoying the great shows the TCCA brings to Payson along with the new grand piano the community was able to provide."
Wolfe said the success of the cabin project has created additional opportunities for volunteers.
"It's just amazing to see how many people are coming to Payson to visit the cabin," she said. "The Zane Grey cabin and Rim Country Museum both need volunteers."
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