Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Bellwether Community Credit Union, New Hampshire Magazine, and Fin Brand Positioning were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards at a gala evening presentation by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on May 16 in Manchester. More than 325 guests attended the 27 th annual celebration.
The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts through donations of time, money and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant was lauded for their planning support as well as for providing of all the food and décor for the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center’s annual fund raiser. Bellwether Community Credit Union received accolades for making the arts a priority in greater Manchester especially wit their support of the Palace Theatre, and for living their belief that the arts are the soul of their community. New Hampshire Magazine was cited for their support of artists and cultural organizations in their publication, especially for the creation of the New Hampshire Theatre Awards and for establishing a network for and about professional and community theater statewide. Fin Brand Positioning was credited with creating the design and branding of the Portsmouth Museum of Art and for developing the successful campaign for the final 2010 exhibition.
Each winner received a framed painting by New Hampshire artist Melissa Miller of Concord. The Sharon Arts Center provided the table centerpieces. The ArtsBags Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening’s sponsors and contained cultural goodies of tickets, tee shirts, posters and books contributed by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations. The grand prize was donated by Wentworth-by-the-Sea.
Kevin Flynn, journalist and author, was the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The evening’s performance showcase featured the creative placemaking of New Hampshire communities and included of the Manchester Community Music School faculty trio Infinities, author Howard Mansfield, “The Impossible Dream” by the Seacoast Repertory Theatre and the barbershop quartet Breakaway.
Corporate Sponsors were Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Hypertherm, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank, Public Service of NH, RiverStone Resources LLC, Winthrop Charitable Gift Fund. TD Charitable Foundation was the underwriter.
Event Supporters were Concord Hospital, The Duprey Companies, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm, RMC Research Corp., and Stibler Associates
The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts presents the awards annually to recognize and honor outstanding business support of the arts. The NHBCA was founded to educate, motivate and recognize business support of and participation in the arts. For more information about the awards or the NHBCA contact the NHBCA at 603 224-8300 or visit the web site at www.nhbca.com.