It takes a bit of sneakiness to surprise a wise, longtime member of our volunteer force, Alice Seeney. So when her son, Russ Seeney, wanted to give his mom a surprise 95th birthday party, he asked for our stealth support. So we asked Alice to come by and help with volunteer activities and promised Russ we'd tell him when his mother was leaving our building.
Here's Russ, waiting for his mom with a lei and a limousine.
And here's our TV crew, also waiting – and getting a kick out of documenting this surprise-to-be.
And it's happening – Alice is stunned, then gives her son a big warm hug.
Russ invited his mother and her fellow volunteers to join him in the limo for a nice seaside lunch in Waikiki. And at the restaurant, another surprise – Russ had flown in family members from the Continent. A great time was had by all!
And here's our quiet, capable Volunteer Coordinator, Tara Liu, who knows how to look like she's not up to something – even when she has just organized the surprise of the year. She and our VP of Advancement, Ben Nishimoto, took pains to keep the event a secret.
Russ was very pleased with the outcome. "I had no idea there are such sneaky people at PBS Hawaii," he smiled.
We take that as a compliment.
Happy 95th birthday, Alice! And see you soon with your volunteer buddies.