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Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Announces Ace Award Winners

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Award Winners will be honored on May 19.
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Award Winners will be honored on May 19. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) announces the winners of the Inaugural 2016 Arts and Culture Empowerment Awards

The awards are a celebration of individuals, organizations, and businesses who have made significant contributions to the Fairfield County community through arts and culture, or who have enriched the arts and culture sector through volunteerism or patronage, according to an alliance press release.

Recipients will be honored at the ACE Award Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on May 19 at the Shore and Country Club in Norwalk.

The breakfast will feature keynote speaker Arthur Levitt, the 25th and longest serving chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1994-2001), with an introduction by Karen Brooks Hopkins, president emeritus of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and current senior fellow in residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tony Award winning actor and singer James Naughton will serve as the master of ceremonies. Tickets for the breakfast and raffle are now on sale.

“We are so proud to have the opportunity to honor these exceptional individuals and organizations who have added to the vitality of our community through their passion for the arts and dedication to education and sharing their talents,” said Angela Whitford, executive director of The Cultural Alliance.

The ACE Awards are being presented in the following categories:

ACE Award, Artist: Westport Artists’ Collective Founders Duvian Montoya, Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Tammy Winser, Helen Klisser During and Jahmane West.

ACE Award, Nonprofit: Lou Ursone, Executive and Artistic Director of Curtain Call, Inc./Kweskin Theatre/Dressing Room Theatre, in Stamford.

ACE Award, Corporate: Bank of America, a leading supporter of the arts and sponsor of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Giving Day, in which 24% of donations in 2016 went to Arts and Cultural organizations.

ACE Award, Educator: The Bruce Museum, in Greenwich, for their exemplary work in arts and science education/Deputy Director and Interim Director of Education, Susan Ball

ACE Award, Citizen : Richard J. Wenning, Executive Director of the BeFoundation, a private foundation devoted to dramatic improvement in the educational outcomes of disadvantaged students in Connecticut. Wenning is also CoFounder of SpreadMusicNow, an organization dedicated to transforming students lives through funding music programs that foster continual learning.

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