MANCHESTER — Timken, People’s United Bank, Sequoya Technologies Group and Hampshire Hardwoods were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards, and Michael A. L’Ecuyer as the Leadership winner by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on Monday.
Approximately 325 business and arts leaders attended the 30th annual celebration at the Center of New Hampshire/Radisson Hotel Manchester. The winners were applauded for their support of the arts through donations of time, money and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide.
Timken was lauded for its commitment to the importance of the creative economy and its involvement in Arts Alive! in the Keene area, as well as its business practice of connecting innovation and creativity.
People’s United Bank was cited for its support of the Currier Museum of Art’s “Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War” and its support to a variety of organizations statewide.
Sequoya Technologies Group received accolades for believing that community engagement is essential for companies to flourish and for its unique “seeds” program that gives a percent of its monthly service fee to nonprofits, including the Sharon Arts Center and other Monadnock area arts groups.
Hampshire Hardwoods was recognized for donating time and materials to the construction of the new Winnipesauke Playhouse and mobilizing more than 20 other suppliers and laborers to help complete the project.
Michael A. L’Ecuyer, president and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union, was named as the Leadership Award recipient for his longstanding record of board service to the Palace Theatre and for successfully leveraging his leadership and business savvy into supporting a variety of arts in the state.
Each winner received a framed watercolor by New Hampshire artist Bruce McColl. The Currier Museum of Art loaned the table centerpieces. The ArtsBags Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening’s sponsors and contained cultural goodies of tickets, T-shirts, CD’s and books contributed by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations. The grand prize was donated by the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.
John Herman, artist, writer, teacher and media maker, was the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The evening’s performance showcase on stage featured Rodney Miller, fiddler with Max Newman on guitar, a sampling of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project Flash Fiction Slam, and the New Hampshire Theatre Factory created a repertoire of musical theater, both classic and contemporary, aimed to show the dreams, challenges, and even quirks of being a performer.
In the lobby before and at the conclusion of the event was a student jazz duo from the Manchester Community Music School, painting demonstrations by students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a pottery demonstration by Studio 550, and a Heart’s Accord Barbershop Harmony.
The Presenting Sponsor was The Duprey Companies. Corporate sponsors were FairPoint Communications, Hypertherm, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, Paul and Sandra Montrone, People’s United Bank and TD Bank.
Event Supporters were Bank of America, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Catholic Medical Center, Devine Millimet, Fidelity Investments, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm 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, call 224-8300 or visit www.nhbca.com.