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2020 Laurel Awards

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May 12, 2020

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2019 LAUREL AWARDS

 

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Richard A. Stark for Cultural Leadership

Alma Lee Loy Award for Volunteer Leadership

Willie C. Reagan Award for Educational Leadership

John J. Schumann, Jr. Award for Business Leadership

 

2019 Laurel Award Recipients - Cultural Council of Indian River County

 


2018 Laurel Award Honorees

THE RICHARD A. STARK AWARD FOR CULTURAL LEADERSHIP

Awarded to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in promoting the cultural arts, and in providing encouragement, involvement and motivation to others in support of the cultural arts.

Susan Schuyler Smith and Suzan Phillips, McKee Botanical Garden

Susan Schuyler Smith and Suzan Phillips were instrumental in the preservation of McKee Jungle Gardens and its restoration as McKee Botanical Garden. The “Sus(z)ans” recognized the botanical jewel, gathered the volunteers, garnered the support and generated the public and political awareness needed to save this Indian River County icon. Their nomination is supported by Alma Lee Loy, Marion de Vogel (great granddaughter of Arthur G. McKee) and Vero Beach Opera.


 

THE ALMA LEE LOY AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP

Awarded to an outstanding individual who, as a volunteer demonstrates selfless dedication to the cultural arts, and devoted energy, passion, time and support of a nonprofit cultural organization.

Carol Ludwig, Center for Spiritual Care

Carol Ludwig founded the Center for Spiritual Care in 2000 and has been a major force in the center’s administrative and program operations. The Center is a space for people to achieve personal clarity, emotional empowerment and freedom through programs that strengthen the relationship between body, mind, spirit and creativity. Carol’s nomination is supported by Sean Sexton, Poet Laureate, Shotsi Cain Lajoie, psychotherapist and educator and Lin Reading, founder of the local nonprofit, Friends After Diagnosis.


 

THE WILLIE C. REAGAN AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Awarded to an arts educator to honor, recognize, celebrate, and advocate arts education for all whose talent and leadership keeps the arts alive for people of all ages.

Jacob Craig, Vero Beach Pipes and Drums

Jacob Craig, Director of Music & Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach has demonstrated musical excellence and enormous vision in a wide variety of music and art education venues throughout Indian River County. He has collaborated on hundreds of programs and events to provide musical opportunities for young people as well as adult, amateur and professional musicians. Jacob is an acclaimed pianist, accomplished organist and award winning bagpiper. His nomination is supported by the VBHS Orchestra, First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach and William D. Richie II.

 


THE JOHN J. SCHUMANN, JR. AWARD FOR BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

Awarded to an individual or business that demonstrates outstanding commitment to nonprofit cultural organizations in support of their operations, enabling growth and sustainability.

 Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery, Roxanne and Alan Durkin, Owners

Drs. Roxanne and Alan Durkin are the founders of Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Vero Beach. They have been strong supporters of the Treasure Coast art scene and the community at large since their arrival in Vero Beach in 2011. They have routinely supported the Marsh Island Art Club, Art under the Oaks, the Cultural Council of Indian River County and the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery was nominated by Under the Oaks Fine Art & Craft Show, a premier Vero Beach Art Club event

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PREVIOUS LAUREL AWARD HONOREES

New Laurel Award categories were created in 2013.  In 2017, all previous Laurel Award Recipients were honored:

Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership

Susan Schuyler Smith &
Suzan Phillips (2019)
William & Marlynn Scully (2018)
Maestro Aaron Collins (2016)
Maestro Stewart Robinson (2015) Mark P. Wygonik (2014)
Jon Moses (2013)

Alma Lee Loy Award for Volunteer Leadership

Carol Ludwig (2019)
Bonnie Pendleton (2018)
Dr. Carole Strauss (2016)
Anita Astrachan (2015)
Susan and Ed Smith (2014)
Donald Croteau and Susan Grandpierre (2013)

Willie C. Reagan Award for Educational Leadership (created in 2015)

Jacob Craig, (2019)
Shanti Sanchez (2018)
Lis Bech (2016)
Bridget Lyons (2015)

John Schumann Award for Business Leadership

Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery, Dr. Alan Durkin, Owner (2019)
ABC Printing Company, owner Chris Beals (2018)
Jim Davis, Treasure & Space Coast Radio (2016)
White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery, Pak Mail Beachside, President Phil DeLange (2015)
Beth Moulton, Publisher, Vero Beach Magazine (2014)
Springhill Suites by Marriott, Keith Kite (2013)

Recipients 1996 - 2011

Philanthropic/Business Leadership An individual or business group providing consistent generous financial support of Indian River County’s cultural community or Outstanding monetary contributions to one or more cultural organizations, facilitating operations, enabling growth or providing for its future.
Past recipients include:


Dr. Ben Emerson, Jafar Falasiri/Falasiri Oriental Rugs; Bev & Marty Paris/Paris Productions; Kevin Grady/ PNC Wealth Management; Karl Steene/Indian River National Bank, Tom & Rhonda Lowe/Rock City Gardens, Nancy and Peter Benedict, John Schumann, Robert Bauchman/Northern Trust; Betty Abbott, Richard and Helen Post, Jack & Anne Morton, Carolyn K. Eggert, Eleonora McCabe, John Moore, Danforth Richardson.

Volunteer/Activist Leadership: An individual who has devoted energy, passion, time and support to a CAC member organization with no compensation, and whose selfless dedication should be recognized
Past recipients include: Al Smith, Cathie Callery; Crystal Bujol; Suzan Phillips, Toni Hamner, Harriet Yemm, Joyce Levi, Charlotte Terry, Raz Allen and Trish Bridwell, Keith Pelan, Janetta MacPhail and Penny Odiorne; Millie Bunnell, Henry “Pop” Seeley, Barbara Ferrell, Laurie Kaneb, Leonor L. Gonzalez

Cultural/Professional Leadership: An individual employee of a CAC member organization, in either artistic or administrative position, whose outstanding performance and commitment to their organization and the cultural community deserves special recognition.
Past recipients include: Matthew V. Stott, Warren Obluck; Joe Ellis; Mary Schenkel, Pamela Cooper, Willi Miller, Gary Miller, Chuck Still, Kelley Coppage, Janet Alford, Andrew McMullen, Ron Brockway, Allen D. Cornell, Holly Dill, Ray Adams, Ken Macht

Carolyn K. Eggert Award: An individual or individuals who have made long-term, noteworthy contributions of both money and time to the wider cultural community. Not awarded every year, only at the discretion of the selection committee.
Past recipients include: Joan and Roman Ortega-Cowan; Robert Gibb; Bob & Sandy Brackett; Lori Burns, Bill and Nancy Bryant, Richard and Barbara Stark, Harry W. Walker, Edgar W. Holtz, W. Kent Barclay, Nancy Elizabeth Reed, Alma Lee Loy, George & Jean Armstrong, Linda Downey.

Artist Award: Inaugurated in 2008, this award recognizes a creative artist who is a legal resident of Indian River County. This award is intended to recognize artists who have earned the respect of the community and their peers, for their dedication to their art and to their commitment to making art in Indian River County. Fields of creativity include, but are not limited to: writer, poet, illustrator, graphic artist, fine artist, architect, video artist, performance artist, actor, playwright, musician, composer, choreographer, dancer.
Past Recipients Include: Sharon Morgan, Del & Jean Petersen; Marlene Putnam; Jean Nagy was the first recipient of this award in 2008

 


2017 Awards will be held at Riverside Theatre on May 18, 2017

Over the past 20 years, the Cultural Council has promoted the cultural arts through education, collaboration, marketing, programming and advocacy. During this time the Cultural Council created the Laurel Awards to recognize leadership in the cultural arts.

Cultural Council Celebrates 20 Years of The Laurel Awards

Master of Ceremonies to be WPTV News Channel 5 Anchor

Since 1996, The Cultural Council of Indian River County has been recognizing individuals in the community who have strived to demonstrate support of the arts in a variety of means. To that end, an annual event has been held inviting those who have been nominated and later selected to receive this honor, in a wide array of categories that have included cultural leadership roles in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism, as well as an award that recognized a local artist of their field who earned the respect of the community and their peers for their dedication to their art.

Barbara Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Cultural Council, along with a small appointed committee (at left), unanimously decided to celebrate the 20 years of this esteemed award by holding a special reunion of the first 94 Laurel Award winners.  This celebration will be held at Riverside Theatre on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m.  The evening opens with a lovely reception in the theatre’s lobby turned into an art gallery by members of the Cultural Council with over 50 multi-media displays; performances on the Stark Stage by members of the Cultural Council, and the announcement and introduction of previous award winners and community supporters of the arts. A buffet of heavy hors d’eouvres by Chelsea’s, dessert and a champagne toast, along with a full (cash) bar, will be offered. Master of Ceremonies will be Jon Shainman, Anchor/Multi-Media Journalist-WPTV News Channel 5. An array of performing arts that include acts from Vero Beach High School and Indian River Charter High Schools, Riverside Children’s Theatre and The Vero Beach Theatre Guild as well as the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society, Laura Riding Jackson Foundation and Jacob Craig will highlight the Stark Stage performances.

In addition to Ms. Hoffman, the organizational committee includes Alicia Quinn, Joan and Roman Ortega-Cowan, Bev and Marty Paris, Oscar Sales, Matt Stott and Mark Wygonik. Sponsors for the event include Riverside Theatre, Bill and Nancy Bryant, Leonar Lobo De Gonzales, Robert and Sandy Brackett and Keith Kite.

Cost for the evening is $75 per person; reservations are being taken by May 10.  To make your reservation or to request an invitation, please contact the Cultural Council office at 772-770-4857.

Image: Some members of the committee gather at Riverside Theatre for a planning meeting.  Left to right- Beverly Paris, Mark Wygonik and Alicia Quinn (all seated).  Standing are Barbara Hoffman and Oscar Sales.

2016 LAUREL AWARD HONOREES

 

Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership awarded to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in promoting the cultural arts, and in providing encouragement, involvement, and motivation to others in support of the cultural arts.

Alma Lee Loy Award for Volunteer Leadership awarded to an outstanding individual who, as a volunteer, demonstrates selfless dedication to the cultural arts, and devoted energy, passion, time and support of a nonprofit cultural organization.

Willie C. Reagan Award for Educational Leadership awarded to an arts educator to honor, recognize, celebrate, and advocate arts education for all whose talent and leadership keeps the arts alive for people of all ages.

John J. Schumann, Jr. Award for Business Leadership awarded to an individual or business who demonstrates outstanding commitment to a nonprofit cultural organization(s) in support of their operations, enabling growth and sustainability.