Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Baum
In the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Mary Baum!
What’s your day job?
I build things for people in the tennis business: tennis pros, tennis clubs, tennis shops, ball- and stringing machine distributors and servicers, court builders and so on.
How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?
The tennis demographic is heavily involved with nonprofits and charitable events – so I feel as if I’ve grown up with event planning in my blood. In fact, my two best friends in St. Louis and I raised a trio of event planners, with voluntarism in their blood.
What was your favorite project that you ever worked on?
My home tennis club, Frontenac Racquet Club, and especially our one-night pro doubles tournament that ends the indoor season every year. That tournament will run for the ninth straight year this April/May, and I get totally immersed in everything from designing the players’ t-shirts to publishing the program and, of course, doing the promotional work in print and online. I’m even the official event photographer!
Why are you excited about Website Weekend?
First, it’s a chance to spend some quality time with my favorite LA web pals – like Natalie and Suzette and Alex, to name three. And it’s a chance to meet a bunch of new folks in a situation where we can make a big contribution to the quality of a lot of people’s lives in a small amount of time.
Since we started the AV WordPress Meetup, I don’t drive down the hill to the LA Meetups nearly as often, which is better for my workday but means I miss my LA pals.
What’s your favorite book, movie or tv show?
Nonfiction: Beyond Words, a book about the cultural and emotional lives of sentient animals (people, really) like cetaceans, elephants and even wolves.
Fiction: Both my husband and I have torn through the Harry Bosch detective novels, whose setting is right here in LA!
What’s your favorite color?
#0099ff and its tints and shades, and #196.
My brother refers to the former and its variations as ‘Moomaw Blue,’ after my husband and kids – Moomaw is their last name.