24th Annual Encore Awards Happy Hour
May 20, 2019
5:00 -7:00 PM
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ

Presented by PNC Arts Alive

Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award
Congressman Jefferson Van Drew

A lifelong advocate for South Jersey, Jeff Van Drew is delivering results for veterans, seniors, consumers and children.

On November 6th, 2018, constituents in New Jerseys Second Congressional District elected Jeff Van Drew to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. He was sworn in on January 3rd, 2019.

In the House Van Drew has been appointed to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture. On the Agriculture Committee, Van Drew was assigned the Biotech, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee, and the Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee. On the Natural Resources Committee, he was assigned the Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee.

Congressman Van Drew is a member of the Blue Dogs Coalition, a Caucus of fiscally-responsible Democrats. He is also a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, who seek to create bipartisan cooperation on key policy issues.

Van Drew previously served four terms in the New Jersey State Senate. He has earned a reputation as a strong advocate for southern New Jersey municipalities, but especially for veterans, senior citizens and consumers. He demonstrates a willingness to work on a bipartisan basis, addressing issues of vital concern to the residents of his district. Dr. Van Drew recently retired from dentistry after 30 years of practice in South Jersey. He and his wife have two children and one grandchild, and reside in Dennis Township.

Lifetime Achievement Award
B. Michael Zuckerman, PhD.

With a Ph.D. in History from Brown University, Michael Zuckerman has served since December 1982 as Director of Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). During that time period, he has helped MAC grow into one of New Jersey’s leading cultural and heritage tourism organizations, with significant increases in membership (from 500 to nearly 4,000), operational budget (from $189,000 to some $3.4 million), staff (from 2 full time/20 part time to 25 full time/150 part time), and audience served (from uncounted to nearly 270,000). He has also been active with a number of statewide cultural organizations, currently serving as a Member of the New Jersey Historical Commission, Treasurer of Art Pride New Jersey, and 1st Vice President of the Advocates for New Jersey History.

2019 Encore Award Winners

Sharon A. Harrington
Board of Trustees, ArtPride New Jersey
Nominated by ArtPride New Jersey

Sharon A. Harrington is the Chair of ArtPride New Jersey’s Board of Trustees. Sharon served as a member of the NJ State Council on the Arts under four different governors, and on the boards of numerous arts organizations throughout the state. Her longstanding commitment to the arts has extended throughout her professional life working with policy leaders to advance support for the arts and cultural initiatives.

Barbara Fisher
Member of the AGNJ Board of Trustees
Nominated by Arts Guild NJ

Arts Guild New Jersey located in Burlington City, NJ, proudly nominates local resident, former entrepreneur  and community volunteer, Barbara Fisher for an Encore Award. Barb has served as a Trustee of AGNJ since it’s inception in the Fall of 2017. She Is the former Treasurer of this non-profit. Since Barb is on staff at the Herman T. Costello Lyceum for the Arts in Burlington, she currently functions in the capacity of liaison between the Lyceum and AGNJ.  Barb is a lifelong supporter, participant and volunteer in the Arts. She is a former docent with the Philadelphia Museum of Arts as well as a children’s author.  As the former owner of the Cafe Gallery restaurant in Burlington known for its French cuisine, she incorporated an art gallery in her restaurant.  All of her involvement with the Arts in Burlington and the surrounding area has been in the capacity of volunteer. It is with great pride that AGNJ nominates Barbara Fisher.

Chris Perks
President, Board of Trustee
Nominated by Camden County Historical Society

The Camden County Historical Society was founded in 1899 and almost closed for good in 2014 due to building disaster and financial distress.  Now, in 2019 CCHS is a thriving historical society and museum which create the 49 member Camden County Historical Alliance in 2016 and is a key neighborhood partner for the $1.25 million Wells Fargo grant to implement the Parkside neighborhood plan.  New dedicated exhibits for African Americans and Hispanics now tell a more balanced history and our new Cultural Heritage Center (2018), Parkside History Garden (2018), Camden Baseball Courtyard Exhibit (2019), and Rain Garden/Sculpture Park (2020) are drawing larger and more diverse audiences.

Dr. Joseph Conway
Principal and Founder of Camden’s Promise Charter School
Nominated by Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus

As a vital member of Appel Farm’s Board, Dr. Conway has over the past three years shown unwavering support and  dedicated countless hours to increasing the impact and reach of Appel’s mission of Arts Education in South Jersey.  He is the Co-Founder of the new Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School, the state’s only arts-integrated middle school,  opening in Sept. 2019 at Appel Farm.  Dr. Conway’s expertise in every aspect of innovative education ensured the school’s success and ultimately made this all possible. The Board and Staff at Appel Farm and future students of the school thank him.

Kimberly Camp
Board President, Camden Fireworks
Nominated by Camden Fireworks

After an illustrious career in the arts, including inspired leadership at the Smithsonian, the Wright Museum in Detroit and the Barnes Foundation, Kimberly Camp returned to her birthplace, and Camden FireWorks, to give us the benefit of her experience, devotion and creativity.

Roy Kaneshiki
Retired, Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission
Nominated by Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage

The Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission is honored to present the Paul Aiken Encore Award to Roy Kaneshiki. Roy recently retired from the Cultural and Heritage Commission, where he served for over fifteen years. He has dedicated much of his time to the arts, being a teacher and mentor at Clay College in Millville and a perennial volunteer at Bayshore Center at Bivalve.

Sandra O. Sieber
Retired as a Trustee on the Board of the East Lynne Theater Company
Nominated by East Lynne Theatre Company

Sandra O. Sieber served on the board of East Lynne Theater Company for only three years, but in that time she and her husband hosted a fundraiser and held board meetings in their home, she gathered and categorized auction items for annual galas, revised the by-laws, pursued performing venues for ELTC, and is a true advocate for our theater and the arts.

Caroll Westfall
President of Music @ Bunker Hill
Nominated by Music @ Bunker Hill

Carol Westfall has been the President of Music at Bunker Hill’s board since 2016.  She promotes the series and invests her time and expertise in all facets of its operations. Under her leadership, the series has expanded its brand recognition through effective advertising. Her philanthropy extends to other area nonprofits.

Ellen and Bill Kehr
Volunteers

Ellen are tireless Volunteers who were instrumental in Getting Surflight Theatre reopened on time by working constantly to clean our housing and buildings after being shuttered for 2 years. Then they worked as ushers and concession volunteers before starting all over every year with the cleaning. They are indispensable!

Erin Buterick, Dani Corso, and Jeannine Errico
The Union Market & Gallery
Nominated by Tuckerton Seaport

Ellen are tireless Volunteers who were instrumental in Getting Surflight Theatre reopened on time by working constantly to clean our housing and buildings after being shuttered for 2 years. Then they worked as ushers and concession volunteers before starting all over every year with the cleaning. They are indispensable!