by LINDA FRABL | photo by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Ushering for the Arts

volunteer_teich2Though Doris Teich hails from the East Coast and raised her three children in Elizabeth, NJ, it was after visiting a friend in Encinitas in 1979 that she knew her heart actually resided in San Diego. So after her youngest child graduated from high school, she and her daughter drove west, bought a home in Vista’s Shadowridge neighborhood, and have never looked back. Doris admitted, “Living here is a paradise, and I would not want to live anywhere else.”

She credits the Vista Friends & Newcomers organization for helping her settle into the North County community. Doris recalled, “I was looking for local friends and was fortunate to learn of this organization for new residents. I joined over 25 years ago, and have met several of my dearest, closest friends. The camaraderie among the women and the caring and love each provides for one another have developed very close bonds among us.”

That same feeling of connectedness also defines Doris’ 20-year involvement with Vista’s Moonlight Angel’s Auxiliary, which fundraises for the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. As an “angel,” Doris assists when needed by ushering at shows and participating in fundraising efforts. She exclaimed, “Once again there is a caring, loving camaraderie among the members. When I volunteer, I involve myself with the people of the community. By giving of myself, I become more fulfilled.”

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Name: Doris Teich
Community: Shadowridge
Family: Two daughters and a son; 10 grandchildren
Hobbies: Ushering at theaters, watching Penn State football games, traveling, volunteering, and seeing the San Diego Symphony, the ballet, and live theatrical shows
Favorite Local Spot: The Moonlight Amphitheatre


A true performing arts lover, Doris also ushers at four other performing arts venues: the Old Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse Theater, North Coast Rep in Solana Beach, and New Village Arts in Carlsbad. She has also volunteered with the Museum of Making Music for 13 years. For the past 18 years, Doris has also exercised her own vocals as a member of the Rancho Bernardo Chorale. As a classically trained pianist and lifelong singer, Doris revealed that she once had her own one-woman show with an accompanist back in New Jersey.

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With 10 grandchildren, five of whom live in North County, Doris especially loves taking them to theatrical shows. She also watches their various athletic endeavors at Rancho Buena Vista High School, including baseball, water polo, wrestling, softball, swimming, and field hockey. When asked what her secret is for staying so upbeat and involved, Doris simply said, “My mantra is to have an attitude of gratitude, be kind to others, and smile a lot!”