Volunteers in the Spotlight:
April / May's Reel People
Sal & Marjorie Corrallo
Sal & Marjorie Corrallo have been part of the Film Society since its birth. They were at the first organizational meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at Dogfish Head in the 90s when the founders introduced their ideas for screening independent film. Sal and Marjorie have been members since then and have generously volunteered their time and talents ever since.
Marjorie says “During the first five or six years, we were intensely involved either volunteering for, or attending every function of the Film Society. As volunteers we have done all kinds of things: from sweeping floors at fundraisers, bartending, working with staff to create ticketing systems for the festival, working 12 hour days, day after day at the Festivals, distributing posters, calling members for feedback, conducting film reviews; even a little grant writing and we can’t forget folding t-shirts! — by the many hundreds.” Sal and Marjorie have volunteered for all of the major Festival functions: Theater Management, Beverage Booth, Box Office, and Merchandise Booth. Their efforts were so extraordinary the first years of the Festival that they were awarded, as a pair, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year…. “We think because we were willing to do just about anything, anytime,” says Marjorie. “And we have loved it all.”
Sal and Marjorie say they deliberately shied away from responsible rolls, no work on the board, and no staff work. They said: “When we first joined the Film Society, we did not live here. We were searching for an area with a little more culture; art, museums, and live performances. But in no time we realized the Film Society was bringing much of what we were looking for; in the form of well-educated, liberal-minded people, who understand justice and tolerance, and who continue to work to achieve and invest in success. So because the Film Society was giving such richness to the Rehoboth community; we moved to the Rehoboth area and have been very happy here. Rehoboth’s cultural world has indeed grown. It is our personal belief though, that Film Festival is by far the best cultural experience to be had, not only in Rehoboth, but in all of Delaware, and beyond. The Film Society has grown, and given to the community in countless ways beyond the Film Festival. We know it is not just a job for you, thank you too.”
This last year Sal and Marjorie sold their local family home and bought two condos… one in Naples, FL and one at the Plantations in Lewes. They will live in Naples from Fall to early Spring… returning for the Festival of course!... and live in Lewes during the warmer months. Sal and Marjorie said: We continue to enjoy our new roll in the Film Society… the role of spectators and appreciators!”