Walk of Fame
Tom VanderWell-newest Inductee
Tom Vander Well was inducted into our USP Walk of Fame in honor of his outstanding contributions to the organization over a span of 14 years! Contributions include being a member of the USP Board of Directors serving as President from 2005-2014 and again in 2016, Sound Crew, Front of House, Set crew, Assistant Director, Director, and he performed in multiple roles according to the USP Database. In addition, he was partially responsible for creating our Walk of Fame awards night, and moving the organization forward with the USPy awards, headed up the fundraising for new curtains for the auditorium, and many, many other contributions and innovative ideas. Tom was received by the crowd with a standing ovation and we so appre
Walk of Fame honorees since 2008 from left to right: Deb Linn, Spence Ver Meer, Pat Moriarity, Bev Graves, Don Graves, Peggy Moriarity, Lisa Witzenburg, Wendy Vander Well, Arvin Van Zante, Shelley Buhrow, Pati Van Zante, Doug DeWolf, Dottie McGee (not pictured), and Carolyn Scharff (not Pictured).
In 2008, the Union Street Players Board of Directors instituted the USP Walk of Fame. The term “Walk” of Fame was chosen specifically over “Hall” of Fame because a “Hall” is typically a place where you hang memories of those who have retired but a “Walk” embodies the idea of those who are still actively on a journey. To their credit, many members of the USP Walk of Fame continue to contribute to USP productions in significant ways. The Walk of Fame is a way to honor individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the success of USP over a long period of time. The general criteria outlined by the USP Board of Directors for consideration and inclusion in the Walk of Fame includes:
Ten or more years of active involvement
Participation in multiple roles (e.g. actor, director, producer, board member, lights, stage manager, and etc.)
Contributing to the furthering of USP’s mission
The original intent of the Board of Directors was to honor one individual each year at an annual awards dinner. However, the Board has chosen to honor more than one individual in some years (three in 2008, two in 2009 and 2013) and none in others (in 2012 the group celebrated all members in its’ 25th anniversary). All inductees are chosen by the Board of Directors, though anyone can nominate individuals for consideration. Once an individual has been nominated, he or she will continue to remain in consideration each year unless the Board deems that the individual nominated did not meet the basic criteria.
INDUCTEES BY YEAR
Arvin Van Zante
USPs 25th Anniversary Gala
Patricia Van Zante
Spence Ver Meer
Wendy Vander Well
Tom Vander Well