Annual event benefits TBBCA programs, including The Charlie Hounchell Arts Stars Scholarships
TAMPA, Fla. (October 14, 2015) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) 2015 Impact Awards will recognize and celebrate businesses and individuals for their extraordinary contributions to arts and culture in Tampa Bay. The 2015 Impact Awards Honorees are the late artist Theo Wujcik, Sykes Enterprises president and CEO Charles “Chuck” Sykes, Columbia Restaurant Group president Richard Gonzmart, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick managing partner Julio Esquivel, and Children’s Museum of Tampa (now Glazer Children’s Museum) founder Marian Winters.
Wujcik, an internationally known Tampa-based artist, will be posthumously honored with the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Wujcik’s work is in numerous museums and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, Tampa Museum of Art and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. He served as director of Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida, and he was also a professor of drawing, painting, and printmaking. He remains an iconic figure in the art world. Wujcik’s legacy will continue to impact future generations.
Sykes will be honored with the Business Impact Award for his personal dedication to local arts and culture, and for Sykes Enterprises’ support of cultural organizations, including the Tampa Theatre, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway Comes to Tampa, and Lights on Tampa. Sykes Enterprises is committed to three years as Presenting Sponsor of the Gasparilla Music Festival.
Gonzmart will be honored with the Patron of Culture & the Arts Award for his philanthropic support and board service to arts and cultural organizations, including the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk, Visit Tampa Bay, and España Florida Foundation 500 Years. Gonzmart’s many contributions to Tampa’s cultural fabric include the restoration of the Columbia Restaurant and his new Ulele restaurant’s collection of art, sculpture and craftsmanship.
Esquivel will be honored with the Individual Impact Award for his leadership and contributions to arts and cultural organizations, including chairman of the Tampa Public Art Alliance and on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Theatre, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF), among others. GMF’s existence largely can be attributed to its founder’s circle, known as the Ring of Fire, of which Esquivel and his wife, Betsy, are original members.
Winters will be honored with the Community Arts Advocate Impact Award for her dedication to arts education and programs benefitting the community. She was the founder and first executive director of the Tampa Children’s Museum, now the Glazer Children’s Museum. Winters led the University of South Florida’s chapter of VSA Florida, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accessibility to the arts for people with disabilities. She has held executive leadership positions with Artists Unlimited, Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus and USF’s AmeriCorps Arts and served as visiting faculty for USF’s College of Fine Arts. Winters serves on the Board of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Arts for Health Florida, and as a grants panelist for the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.
TBBCA will recognize and celebrate the five Impact Awards Honorees on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. in Tampa. With more than 400 guests confirmed, the 2015 event is sold out.
The annual Impact Awards benefits TBBCA programs, including The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships. Since its founding in 2007, TBBCA has awarded 50 scholarships to talented Tampa Bay area high school students to help fund their higher education in the arts at prestigious institutions including The Juilliard School, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.
TBBCA is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. It remains today one of 12 national affiliates of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA’s mission is to unite area businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community with the philosophy “the arts are good for business and business is good for the arts.” Through innovative pARTnerships and sustainable programs including, The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships, Chalk Walk, Call to Artists, Cultural Encounters, Arts in Lobbies, and others, TBBCA provides advocacy, valuable funding resources and support for arts education, artists, and arts and cultural organizations, and builds awareness of arts and culture as important economic drivers in our community and essential contributors to our quality of life.
TBBCA programs are generously supported by donations and sponsorships, including Chair’s Circle pARTners: Premier Eye Care; MedHOK; Stephen Gay & Associates, Realtors; Alex McKnight Archival Images; Linda and Michael Connelly; The Wilson Company; The Tampa Bay Times/tbt*; Tampa Bay Magazine; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and B2 Communications. Platinum pARTners: The DeBartolo Family Foundation; The Beaux-Arts Group; Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long and Koche; Phelps Dunbar; Katharine Weymouth; Yann and Susana Weymouth Chappell Roberts; Cox Media Group; Gold pARTners: Hill, Ward, Henderson; The Lightning Foundation; Hyde Park Village/WS Development/Susan Martin; Helen Pruitt Wallace and Peter Rudy Wallace; Willis of Florida; Michael Murphy Gallery; Playbook Public Relations; Outfront Brands.
For more information on TBBCA contact 813-221-2787 or www.tbbca.org
727.895.5030 ext. 103