Business Committee for the Arts gala

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, a membership organization that promotes the intersection of art and commerce, is hosting its 35th annual awards gala on May 6 at the DoubleTree Hilton Manchester Downtown. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m.

Each year the nonprofit receives nominations from individuals and organizations from around the state to recognize businesses committed to supporting arts and cultural initiatives.

Awards are given in the categories of Microenterprise, Small, Medium and Large Businesses. On occasion, a highly coveted Leadership Award is given to a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture. This year, artists Ann Saunderson and Adele Sanborn have collaborated to produce original artwork for the awards.

Festivities will include special recognition of the organization’s founder Joan Goshgarian, who retired last year. Commissioner of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Sarah Stewart is the keynote speaker. Guests will enjoy an immersive art experience featuring live music by Groove: Lounge, hip-hop and modern dance sponsored by New Hampshire Dance Collaboratives, dramatic readings by Theatre KAPOW, and visual art from Marcia Santore Art, Matthew Mead Style, and artist Christine Destrempes.

Nominees include: APS Lighting/Sound/AV, Echo Communications, Felton Inc., Fiduciary Trust of New England, Huggins Hospital, Lincoln Financial Group, The Art Center, The Duprey Companies, The Kane Company, The Keene Sentinel, The Word Barn, Spectrum Marketing and Seacoast Mental Health Center. The presenting sponsors are Paul Montrone, Perspecta Trust and The Duprey Companies.

General admission tickets are $100. To register visit

BIA to present awards May 15

CONCORD — The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire will honor local business leaders at its annual business meeting and member reception 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Manchester hotel.

BIA will present ‘Above and Beyond’ awards to several individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to its mission during the past year. The business meeting is open to BIA members only. The networking reception following is also open to nonmembers.

The award recipients include Jake Berry, New Futures; Marc Brown, New England Ratepayers Association; Sarah Currier, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System; Jacqui Guillette, Whelen Engineering Co.; Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners; Steven LeSage, CGI Business Solutions; Joseph Mendola, NAI Norwood Group; Huck Montgomery, Liberty Utilities; Brien Murphy, Boyce Highlands; Russ Ouellette, Sojourn Partners; William Quinlan, Eversource; Jessica Rodriguez, Reaching Higher NH; Bobby Segal, Sanel NAPA Autoparts; Ken Sheldon, Bank of America; Jeremy Tondreault, BAE Systems; Robert Tourigny, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire and Michael Wiles, Index Packaging.

The annual business meeting begins with the election of directors and officers to BIA’s 90-member board of directors for 2019/20. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. The business meeting will commence at 5 p.m. and the reception will begin at 6:30. Tickets are $45 per person for BIA members for the business meeting and reception. The cost for nonmembers attending the reception is $75. Register online at or call 224-5388, ext. 101 for more information.