TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) will honor the finalists for its annual Impact Awards during its 18th Annual Impact Awards and Save the Arts Benefit on Oct. 24, at MOSI in Tampa.
The Impact Awards honor those leaders who have elevated Tampa Bay’s arts and cultural community through significant financial or in-kind contributions, volunteer service or innovative programming. A total of nine recipients will be selected in three categories: business, individual and nonprofit organization. Recipients will be selected based on the level of involvement or support of the arts, impact of contribution, originality, quality and depth of service.
The 2012 business Impact Awards finalists include:
Bamboozle Cafe, nominated by The Dohring Group for giving artists a platform to showcase and promote their talents by hosting “Artapalooza” every first Tuesday of the month;
Bush Ross, P.A., nominated by the David A. Straz Jr., Center for the Performing Arts for its long history of financial support and for encouraging its employees to support the arts financially and through professional services and voluntarism;
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, nominated by Ruth Eckerd Hall for its longstanding commitment to philanthropy and sponsorship of the arts;
Rustic Steel Creations, nominated by Beth Kurland for its creative designs and for its contributions of public, private and corporate art in Tampa Bay; and
TEMPUS PROJECTS, nominated by Kurt Piazza for nurturing both established and emerging local, national and international artists; and for its charitable program “Creative Outlet,” that provides art therapy sessions for victims of domestic violence.
The 2012 individual Impact Awards finalists include:
Roy Binger, city president of SunTrust Bank, nominated by the Museum of Fine Arts for his ongoing community service and financial support of the museum’s exhibitions;
Abbey Dohring, vice president of brokerage for The Dohring Group, nominated by CREW Tampa Bay for founding and chairing “ArtLOUD!,” a public art collaborative designed to beautify and enhance Tampa’s urban walking experience through sculpture;
Roger Robson, founding principal of CapTrust Advisors, nominated by the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts for his service as Chairman of the Board and for leading the museum’s recent program expansion and monumental move to its new home, “The Cube” at Rivergate Plaza;
Paul Sierra, president of Paul J. Sierra Construction, nominated by Stageworks Theatre for donating two phases of the build-out on the theatre’s new facility in Channelside and for negotiating donated and discounted materials from local vendors;
John Toppe, founder of Toppe Consultants Inc., nominated by the David A. Straz Jr., Center for the Performing Arts for his long history as an architectural consultant and volunteer for several arts organizations throughout Tampa Bay and particularly his service as lead architect on the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory for the Performing Arts;
Warren Rogers, nominated by Kerry O’Reilly and the Tampa Bay Times for being the driving force, alongside his wife Dr. Zena Lansky, behind Tampa Bay’s free Not-for-Profit Workshops, teaching best practices for nonprofit marketing, branding, board development and fundraising; and
Dr. Zena Lansky, nominated by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for donating her time, talents and treasures to several arts organization in the Tampa Bay area, including a one million dollar gift to Opera Tampa, the organization’s largest single gift in its 15-year history.
The 2012 nonprofit Impact Awards finalists include:
Brandon Ballet, nominated for helping serious dancers advance their talents through training and performance and for efforts to give back to the community through charitable partnerships;
Creative Clay, nominated for innovative cultural programming and for service to artists with disabilities;
David A. Straz Jr., Center for the Performing Arts, nominated for excellence in artistic programming and for its strong one hundred million dollar annual impact on the Tampa Bay region;
Friends of the Arts, nominated by Kathy McDonald from Get Clear, Get Going Coaching for its support of arts education at Howard W. Blake Magnet High School of the Arts by meeting all of the school’s unfunded needs of 14 artistic tracks;
Glazer Children’s Museum, nominated by The Dohring Group for its commitment to arts education and for its donation of space to ArtLoud and other cultural initiatives;
MOSI, nominated for its series of innovative cultural programs and outreach, its commitment to Art in Public Places and for donating $250,000 a year in free passes and memberships to low-income children and families; and
Stageworks Theatre, nominated for stimulating economic revitalization with the addition of its new theatre in The Channel District, quickly building a reputation as one of Tampa’s most exciting new places to live, socialize and spend leisure time.
The theme of the TBBCA gala explores the role of science in art and will be hosted by Lissette Campos of ABC Action News, featuring guest speaker, Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, director of the University of South Florida’s Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence and Helen Ellis Professor of Neurology. Dr. Sanchez-Ramos will share his personal journey as a struggling artist turned world-class neurologist and how art not only changed his life but also has saved the lives of many. Winners of the 2012 Impact Awards will receive a limited edition giclée of Dr. Sanchez-Ramos’ work from his Neon Neuron series.
The TBBCA 18th Annual Impact Awards and Save the Arts Benefit is open to the public and ticket prices include a hosted cocktail reception and lavish seated dinner: $95 (artists or nonprofit employees) or $105 (general). Sponsors of the event include Phelps Dunbar, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Premier Eye Care, Raymond James Financial, Hill Ward Henderson, Attorneys at Law, ChappellRoberts, Cox Media, Gunn Printing, WUSF-FM, Pitch Inc and Pepin Distributing Inc. To make reservations call: 813-221-2787 or go to: www.TBBCA.org.
About the TBBCA:
Founded in 1989, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) is a nonprofit organization of businesses committed to supporting the arts. The TBBCA is an affiliate of the national Business Committee for the Arts, which in 2008 became a part of Americans for the Arts. The mission of the TBBCA is to unite Tampa Bay businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community.
IF YOU GO
What: TBBCA 18th Annual Impact Awards and Save the Arts Benefit
When: Oct. 24, 2012, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: MOSI (4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL)
813-221-2787 or go to www.TBBCA.org
Description: Celebrate businesses and professionals who have made a significant impact on Tampa Bay’s arts and cultural community. Explore the impact of science on arts and culture. Support local artists and cultural organizations through TBBCA’s Save the Arts initiatives.