Encore Awards Happy Hour – May 14, 2018, 5:00 -7:00 PM, Tuckerton Seaport
Presented by PNC Arts Alive

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance presented the 23rd Annual Paul Aiken Encore Awards Happy Hour honoring the cultural champions who have made significant contributions in support of the member organizations of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.

The SJCA Board presented its highest honor, the Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award, to Nicholas Paleologos and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Donald Ehman. Their legacy at the NJ State Council on the Arts have made an indelible impression on the southern region’s cultural landscape.

2018 Paul Aiken Encore Awards went to:

East Lynne Theater Company’s Board honors:
Gayle Stahlhuth, Artistic Director.

Last September East Lynne Theater Company presented James Rana’s A YEAR IN THE TRENCHES. It was her 100th production as Artistic Director. Her work includes tours throughout the US, education outreach and summer student programs.

Mauricetown Historical Society honors:
Robert Moore, Buildings and Grounds Chairman.

In 2017 the Society voted to update the kitchen to be in compliance as a certified kitchen. Bob’s expertise in carpentry and as project manager in dealing with the various approving agencies saved thousands of dollars.

Tuckerton Seaport honors:
Diane & Paul Hartelius, Volunteers.

Diane and Paul invest a countless amount of time and talent at the Seaport. They make the impossible possible on a daily basis. They are also good will ambassadors for the Seaport, always connecting the Seaport with new partners and new

Eagle Theatre honors:
Charles and Lynn Arsenault, Former Vice President and Longtime Volunteers, Donors and Supporters.

Charles and Lynn Arsenault have been key supporters of the Eagle Theatre during its highest period of growth. Charles served on the Board of Directors from 2013 through 2018, elected as Vice President. Lynn served on the Finance Committee and both worked hard to create a major Operations Fund.

Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage honors:
Lisa Stewart Garrison.

Dedicating her career to advancing equity and the voices of the unheard, Lisa is leading the effort to advance arts and culture. Her current work involves the stories associated with the Underground Railroad and of immigrant workers.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center honors:
Denise Hayman-Loa, Previous Board President.

Denise Hayman-Loa has lead the organization through a transformative era. She dedicated the past decade to serving Appel Farm through her role as the Board President for the past five years after years of serving as Trustee and volunteer.

Mainstage Center for the Arts nominates:
Robin Broughton, Board Member.

Robin is a long time Board Member whose background in Human Relations was invaluable to our growth. Robin has sung many times with MCA through the years.

Surflight Theater nominates:
Kathy Leone and Diane Santillo.

Kathy and Diane have been monumentally instrumental in the growth of Ocean Pro Theatre Company, from financial assistance (gifts and loan) to volunteering to get the theatre ready for the June opening in 2017.

ArtPride New Jersey Foundation nominates:
Patty Howard Spalding and Barbara Fisher.

Patty and Barbara have filled the Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts with cultural vitality adding to the revitalization of Burlington City through the arts.

Atlantic City Arts Foundation nominates:
Joyce Hagen, Executive Director.

Joyce’s commitment to the arts in
Atlantic City long predates her position as Executive Director, but it is through her knowledge, faith and persistence her work has borne fruit such as Chalk About AC, Arteriors, and 48 Blocks AC.

SJCA thanks PNC Arts Alive for its ongoing lead sponsorship of the Encore Awards and for its continued support and OceanFirst Foundation for their bronze sponsorship of this year’s Encore Awards. The Alliance also thanks Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, ArtPride New Jersey, Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Eagle Theater, Fitzpatrick Bongiovani and Kelly CPA, Rowan University Fine and Performing Arts, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts, Symphony in C, Tuckerton Seaport and Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center for their support of the 2018 Encore Awards.

Past Standing Ovation Award Recipients

The Standing Ovation Award has been presented to these honorees for their outstanding commitment to the cultural organizations of southern New Jersey since 1996. In 2006 the Award was renamed the Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award in honor of her steadfast commitment to the arts and her lifetime engagement with the nonprofit arts in NJ.

Stockton University for strengthening the southern region with the University’s recent expansion of cultural facilities and programs and Alan Willoughby, for his outstanding leadership as previous Executive Director of Perkins Center for the Arts.

Julie Ellen Prusinowski, previous Director of Programs and Services of the NJ State Council on the Arts and Ralph Hunter, founder and President of the African American Heritage Museum of southern NJ.
Dr. Herman Saatkamp, Jr. for his efforts and commitment to the region’s educational, arts and cultural landscape.
Sara Cureton for her years of service and commitment at the NJ Historical Commission and the NJ Cultural Trust and to artist Pat Witt for her lifetime commitment to the arts.
Carol Cronheim for her commitment to the arts and years of service and commitment as Assistant Secretary of State.
Steve Runk for his dedication and years of service as Executive Director of the NJ State Council on the Arts.
NJN for excellence is public broadcasting and 40 years of service promoting the arts in New Jersey and Dr. Marc Mappen for his lifetime commitment to NJ history.
Mark Packer was honored as founding president and a dynamic leader and Paul Stankard as a pioneer in the studio glass movement.
AtlantiCare Foundation for innovative leadership supporting the region’s artists and the Honorable John J. Burzichelli for his political and business leadership
Carol Ann Herbert, Chair of the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for commitment and support of the arts organizations in southern NJ.
Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew for his longstanding support of the arts and history in southern NJ.
Bank of America was honored for their support of the arts, history and cultural organizations of southern NJ.
Senator Wayne R. Bryant for his advocacy on behalf of the cultural organizations of southern NJ.
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald was honored for his commitment to increasing public funding for the arts in NJ.
Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo and Assemblyman Joseph Roberts for increasing public funding for the arts.
The Courier-Post Dan A. Martin, President and Publisher & William “Skip” Hidlay, Executive Editor.
The Honorable Jack Collins, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Governor Christine Todd Whitman, was honored for her commitment to increasing public funding for the arts.
Mr. Scott McVay, Executive Director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Honorable Gualberto Medina, NJ Commissioner of Economic Development.
Ms. Sharon Harrington, past Chairperson NJ Council on the Arts and the Chamber of Commerce of southern NJ.
Ms. Lillian Levy, Chairperson of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.