ICYMI: Recap of the Awards 2017 Honoree Reception

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Arts + Business Council hosted a reception for Awards 2017 Honorees at HOK in Philadelphia. This year’s honorees and sponsors were introduced by Karin Copeland, whose compelling remarks about the important relationship between the arts and business sectors set the tone for evening. Brian Bernhardt, CFP, of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management took the podium next, echoing Copeland and offering the support of his organization to Awards 2017, followed by Ari Kushner, who congratulated this year’s honorees and offered a glimpse into the future of ABC.

Click here to see the full gallery of photos.

This year’s honorees are as follows:

Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence presented by PwC
Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer

G. Fred Dibona Jr Individual Leadership Award presented by Independence Blue Cross
Keith L. + Katherine Sachs

The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam presented by PNC
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 47 Stories

Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field presented by KPMG
Bluecadet’s Josh Goldblum

Designing Leadership Alumni Award presented by Safeguard
John Orr, Executive Director, Art-Reach

Business + Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts Organization presented by the Bancorp
Taller Puertorriqueno + PECO

Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year Award presented by Fisher Phillips
Edmond Ghisu, Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For board service to Rock to the Future

Technology Connectors Volunteer of the Year Award presented by PECO
Brendan McGeehan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Comcast + Jacob Field, Procurement Operations Associate, Accenture
For volunteer consulting work for Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Saul Ewing
Sekou Campbell, Managing Member, Law Offices of Sekou Campbell, PLLC
For work with Individual Artist Rashida Holmes

Business Volunteers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Comcast
Christine Ostrowski, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, School District of Philadelphia
For volunteer consulting work with Rock to the Future

Title Sponsor:

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

Award Sponsors:

Comcast Logo   Fisher Phillips Logo    Independence Blue Cross Logo

Thomas Jefferson University Logo    KPMG Logo    PECO Logo

    PNC Arts Alive Logo    PwC Logo    Safeguard Scientifics Logo

Saul Ewing Logo

Print Sponsor:

CRW Graphics Logo

Award Art Sponsor:

Bank of America Logo

Bar Sponsor:

Design Sponsor:


Arts Education Sponsor:

EY Logo

Corporate Engagement Sponsor:


Visionary Sponsors:


Leadership Sponsors:


Arts + Culture Sponsors:


A Council of:

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Logo