For the last six weeks, four distinguished Charlestonians have competed for the honor of conducting the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) during the Memorial Day weekend Sunset Serenade concert this past weekend.
Voters selected Paul L. Stoney, President/CEO of the Greater Charleston YMCA, to debut his conducting talents at the free concert, sponsored by the City of Charleston, on the steps of the U.S. Custom House. At $5/vote, friends, family and fans of the contestants voted to put their favorite candidate on the podium while supporting the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra would like to thank these notable Charlestonians who made this fundraiser a success, raising more than $5,000 for the CSO. They are:
James D. Elliott, Jr. – Founder and Executive Director of the Avian Conservation Center
Leyla Gulen – Anchor of FOX24’s News at 6:30 & 10 pm and Host and Executive Producer of FOX24 News Now
Paul L. Stoney – President/CEO of the Greater Charleston YMCA
Sandy Tecklenburg – First Lady of Charleston, Advocate for Community Building and Arts
Paul Stoney was named President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater Charleston, which includes the Historic Cannon Street YMCA. Under Paul’s leadership, the YMCA of Greater Charleston entered a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture to build a new YMCA facility in the Cane Bay area of Berkeley County at a cost of $24 million which is set to open in September. Paul serves on a number of civic-minded Boards of Directors, including Roper St. Francis Hospital. He was the 2015/16 President of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston and Vice President of the Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association. In October, 2015, Paul was honored to receive the MOJA Arts Festival Award for Outstanding Community Service. He is an active member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church Parish Council and the Knights of St. Peter Claver. In addition, Paul would be hard-pressed to name a style of music that he doesn’t like, regularly attending concerts and other musical events. Paul has been married to his loving wife, Allison, for 25 years; and they have one daughter, Amber, who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.