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Staff Spotlight: Sandy celebrates 20 years!

Published: April 19, 2019

It’s time to celebrate someone special! Our Director of Patron Services, Sandy, is approaching her 20th year working at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Read about some of her highlights and fun experiences at the Hall and Capitol Theatre.

What do your duties include? I manage the Front of House for Ruth Eckerd Hall, Capitol Theatre and Murray Studio which includes six House Managers, thirty Head Ushers, two-hundred and fifty Ushers, Patrons, Show Merchandise, Theater Tours, Silent Auctions, six contracted Auctioneers and assists with Meet and Greets.

What’s your favorite Ruth Eckerd Hall memory? My favorite artists to come through the Hall are The Mavericks and my second favorite was Jon Secada. For me, “music is life” therefore, I always enjoy working a variety of performances!

Sandy Benise

I also remember meeting nouveau flamenco guitarist
Benise while working his show. He was so nice!



What was your first concert? My first concert was Gipsy Kings which took place on the Hudson River in New York City. Awesome concert with a spectacular view of New Jersey on a beautiful romantic star gazing evening! Priceless!

Sandy carrot top

One of the first shows I ever worked at Ruth Eckerd Hall was comedian Carrot Top,
that was a lot of fun.


What’s your bucket list show you would want to see perform at the Hall? I would be super ecstatic and have tears of joy if Steve Harvey would grace our stage! He is my favorite entertainer and I am his ultimate fan! He also calls himself the CLO (Chief Love Officer) and Uncle Steve when it comes to giving women advice. One of my best reads was his book Act Like A Lady Think Like a Man!

If you can share one valuable lesson during your work experience, what would it be? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned was to be patient, respectful and a true team player. These attributes help in establishing positive relationships with patrons, volunteers and colleagues!