Danny Marona officially retired on February 18th, 2007, but apparently someone forgot to tell him. See if this sounds like your typical retiree. He sits on four different board of directors,’ (two of which he chairs) sits on five different committees, teaches two days per week, makes a number of television and radio appearances each year as well as giving a dozen or so motivational speeches, he is also pretty much the official MC/auctioneer for his home town of Twin Falls, ID and is currently in rehearsals for the lead role of ‘Tevye’ in “Fiddler On The Roof.” Marona says, “The only difference is that I no longer get paid.” And Danny wouldn’t have it any other way. You see, Danny Marona has a philosophy which mandates; if you’ve been fortunate enough to have a great career (which Marona certainly has) giving back to your community isn’t optional, it’s just what you do.
His pet project is his scholarship foundation (The Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholarship Fund) which has now given away twenty-five scholarships to high school juniors and seniors and college freshman and sophomores. What makes Danny’s scholarship program unique is that the students not only apply for their scholarships but must perform their talent before a live audience and a panel of judges. After the judges tally up the scores the students find out immediately if they did or did not win a scholarship. One can’t help but notice the lack of stuffiness at the DM Scholarship Competitions. Fellow students are encouraged to bring placards and scream and yell for their favorite performers. It all adds up to a pretty exciting evening.
Danny is also chairman of the foundation board for SILC; (Southern Idaho Learning Center) a learning center for kids with learning difficulties. Marona says, “Thanks to the generosity of our good Idaho citizens we have been able to more than double our enrollment.” A soon to be released ‘infomercial’ will begin airing on the major television stations in the near future.
Marona says, “I would recommend community service to everyone who breathes the great Idaho air. Trust me what you give is minute compared to joy you will receive.” If that’s the case, Danny Marona must feel pretty wealthy these days.