May 13 Business in the Arts Awards 29th Gala

The 29th annual Business in the Arts Awards will be held Monday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, the gala will honor the nineteen New Hampshire businesses nominated for this year’s awards. The evening highlights a celebration of business support for the arts and entertains with a performance showcase of drama, literature and music. The grand finale is the announcement of the Award winners. Call 603-224-8300 or for reservations.

Matt Mowry, editor of Business NH Magazine, is the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The main stage performances include Opera North, Concord Chorale and comedian Juston McKinney. Lobby performances include a Jazz Faculty Duo from the Manchester Community Music School, Studio 550 Argentine Tango and painting demonstrations by students from the NH Institute of Art.

More arts features include a cultural trivia quiz show with lucky contestants winning baskets filled with goodies from New Hampshire’s cultural organizations and the award prizes by photographer Rob Karosis.

The nineteen businesses were nominated for their sponsorships, employee volunteerism, and donations of products and services in support of the arts. The winners in each of four categories will be announced during the evening.

The nominees are:

Beechleaf Design

C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Fidelity Investments

Hermanos Cocina Mexicana

Hitchiner Manufacturing Company


Laconia Harley-Davidson

Lake Sunapee Bank

Lincoln Financial Group

McGowan Fine Art

Merrimack County Savings Bank

Orr & Reno


Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.

River House Restaurant

Savings Bank of Walpole

Sullivan Creative

The Duprey Companies

Timken Areospace

The Business in the Arts Awards Presenting Sponsor is The Duprey Companies.

Corporate Sponsors are Bank of America, Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank, Public Service of New Hampshire, TD Bank, and Winthrop Charitable Gift Fund.

Event Supporters include: Baker Newman Noyes, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Concord Hospital, Devine Millimet, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm, and Stibler Associates.

For more information, or to reserve tickets for the May 13 gala, contact the NHBCA at 603 224-8300 or Tickets are $75 each; tables for 10 are $750. The cocktail reception from 5:30-6:15 starts the evening and the dinner and program follow, concluding at 8:30. Thanks to the support of the sponsors, the NHBCA is able to offer a limited number of reduced price tickets to artists and arts administrators who make a request for them. The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts was founded in 1985 to educate, motivate and recognize business support of and participation in the arts.