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Friday, September 16, 2005

VISUAL ARTIST AWARD
Yvonne Walker-Keshick
sponsored by Gaslight Gallery

An elder in the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, Yvonne is one of the finest quill workers in North America. A recipient of the Michigan Heritage Award, Walker-Keshick has pieces in the permanent collections at the Smithsonian and MSU Museums as well as in national galleries.

PERFORMING ARTIST AWARD
Price, Duvernay, Graham Families
Sponsored by CMU Public Broadcasting

Dorothy Price was a founding member of Little Traverse Civic Theatre, her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and John Duvernay, appeared in numerous LTCT productions in the 1960s and 1970s, and their daughter, Lee Graham, is now active in all LTCT performances. Lee and her husband, Doug, have two daughters, Rachel and Abbey, who have participated since childhood.

ARTS & CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AWARD
Raven Hill Discovery Center
Sponsored by Bay View Association

In 1991, Raven Hill Discovery Center opened its doors to 1,250 visitors the first month. Fourteen years later they’re still combining history, science, and art together to create award winning programming for all ages.

ARTS IN EDUCATION AWARD
Julie Stoppel
Sponsored by National City Bank

Julie has made artists, authors, historical figures, and scientists literally come to life for her students at Concord Academy in Boyne City.

ARTS & CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Jane Diller and John Stevens
Sponsored by Victories Casino and Hotel

Jane and John have served as board members of Jordan River Arts Council and Crooked Tree Arts Center, are successful artists themselves and they move mountains to assist young and old artists.

INDIVIDUAL PATRON AWARD
Thomas Moran
Sponsored by North Central Michigan College

In addition to crafting his own large scale sculptures, artist Tom Moran, along with his company, is instrumental in the success of a traveling outdoor sculpture project in Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties. He has also created a foundation to support arts and culture in Presque Isle County.

BENEFACTOR AWARD
Dorothy Gerber Family
Sponsored by Landscape Depot & Market

The Dorothy Gerber Chair for Children and Music was created by the Gerber family to fund the Crooked Tree Arts Center String Program. Four-hundred-some children in northwest Michigan have received string instruction in their hometowns each year since 2001.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Willard Pierce
Sponsored by Northern Michigan Hospital Foundation

Willard Pierce came as a tenor to Bay View in 1955 and in the forty years hence, he directed 40 plays and 29 musicals with a total cast and crew of 2,175 and audiences numbering 78,300. Through his talent of merging amateur theatre individuals from Bay View and the local community with theatre and music students, and professional actors and musicians, he created a unique experience for all.

THE NINTH EDDI AWARD
David K. Williams

Dave is the personification of the highly motivated and dedicated volunteer. Whether it’s answering the phone, greeting people, fund-raising, pouring wine, or committee work, Dave steps up every time.
LTCT congratulates all of this year’s very deserving recipients.