The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville continued the tradition of hosting its annual fundraising event with the 41st Annual Arts Awards on May 6th, 2017. Jacksonville's premier arts and culture gala was held at the historic Glass Factory, built in 1936 by Henry Klutho, and honored seven individuals: Christopher Lazzara (Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy); Mark McCombs (Art Innovator Award); Dustin Harewood (Art Educator Award); PNC Bank (Business Award); Ebony Payne-English (Emerging Artist Award); and Diane Brunet-Garcia (Helen Lane Founder's Award). Each award recipient has demonstrated the highest dedication to arts and culture in the Jacksonville Community. This year was also the debut of the new Jim and Jeanne Winston Community Impact Award, which was given to Alicia Somers.
The evening included performances by the Jacksonville Civic Orchestra, Jacksonville University's dance troupe, and the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. Later in the evening Big Baby Band performed inside while DJ Nick Fresh kept the groove going outside.
We would like to thank everyone who attended, as well as all our sponsors, volunteers, and vendors. The 41st Annual Arts Awards certainly proved to be one of the best parties of 2017.
Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy - Christopher Lazzara
Arts Educator Award - Dustin Harewood
Arts Innovator Award - Mark McComb
Video to follow.
Emerging Artist Award - Ebony Payne-English
Business Award - PNC Bank
Helen Lane Founder's Award - Diane Brunet-Garcia
Jim and Jeanne Winston Community Impact Award - Alicia DeWitt Somers
Additional photos from I Am Jax Photo can be seen HERE. Additional photos from Toni Smailagic of Cre8Jax can be found HERE.
A special thank you to all of our sponsors and friends for your generous support of the Cultural Council's annual benefit.
Kristi Aiello, Dr. Scot Ackerman, Martha Barrett, Molly Curry
Franklin Danley, Rebekah Davis, Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Missy Peters
Marsha Oliver, Rachel Roberts, Ryan A. Schwartz, Sonia Thomasino
Interactive Dining Experience
FORKING AMAZING RESTAURANTS
Executive Chef, Ian Lynch
Cowford Chophouse Opening Fall 2017
CENTERSTAGE ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS, MARIA COX, MR. & MRS. CLARENCE GOODEN, JAGUARS, WESLEY & BETH JENNISON,
MARY VIRGINIA TERRYHEATHER MOORE, MR. & MRS. RUSSELL B NEWTON JR, PNC BANK
FLORIDA BLUE, WILLIAM H. GARDNER, PRESTON H. HASKELL, JAGUARS FOUNDATION, JAX CHAMBER, HELEN LANE, REGENCY CENTERS, ST.VINCENTS, TOM BUSH, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA, WJCT
BAKER FAMILY ADVISED FUND, BANK OF AMERICA / MERRILL LYNCH, BAPTIST HEALTH, CRUX COLLECTIVE, COASTAL INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS, COMMUNITY FIRST CREDIT UNION, FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY, IBERIA BANK,
SHELLEY D.KLEMPF, BETSY LOVETT, PILOT, SAUER INC., U.S. ASSURE, U.S. TRUST, VYSTAR CREDIT UNION
Patron of the Arts
ACKERMAN CANCER, ACOSTA, ART REPUBLIC, BB&T, BESTBET JAX, BRUNET|GARCIA, CRUMLEY LAW, DOUGLAS ANDERSON, DOUG ENGDAHL, MARK & MEREDITH FRISCH, FSCJ, JERRY GUGEL, GWEN GALLAGHER HOWARD & ALAN HOWARD, JACQUES & TRACY KLEMPF, MOCA JACKSONVILLE, IBERIA BANK, MARSHA OLIVER,
MARY VIRGINIA TERRY, OYL + WATER, RYAN A. SCHWARTZ, SMG JACKSONVILLE, DR. &. MRS. MICHEAL THOMASINO,
HALEY & JASON TRAGER, UF HEALTH, WALL STREET FINE ART, J. WAYNE & DELORES BARR WEAVER, WELLS FARGO,
ZIMMERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
Elite Sponsors & Partners
AUTO VALET, AVL, BEAVER STREET FISHERIES, CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, DALTON AGENCY, CORR DIGITAL, CORT FURNITURE, DIA, DOWNTOWN VISION, ENGINE 15, THE 5 & DIME, FORKING AMAZING RESTAURANTS, JANE GRIFFO, GLASS FACTORY, JACKSONVILLE CIVIC ORCHESTRA, JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN'S CHORUS, JU DANCE, MARLIN & BARREL, MANIFEST DISTILLERY, PRINTING EDGE, PERDUE, SEABEST, SUNBELT, SYSCO, STELLA, TIMES UNION MEDIA, UNITED RENTALS
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