ICYMI: Recap of Awards 2017 – Honoring “Philly’s Own” Kevin Hart + Keith L. and Katherine Sachs, May 23, 2017

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Arts + Business Council hosted its 32nd Annual Awards Celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, honoring the exceptional leaders, innovators, partnerships and volunteers below, who work to make our region culturally vibrant and economically strong. This year’s honorees and sponsors were introduced by Executive Director, Karin Copeland, and, Chair, Marc Brownstein, 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 Brownstein, and offering the support of his organization to the creative community and its supporters.

ABC presented the prestigious Anne d’Harnoncourt Award to renowned actor and comedian Kevin Hart. A self-proclaimed “Philly kid with a dream,” Hart was raised in Philadelphia, and got his start performing at open mics around the city. It wasn’t long before he was on his way to becoming one of the most successful stand-up comedians of all time. Past d’Harnoncourt awardees include The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Patti LaBelle, Lee Daniels, Claes Oldenburg, Gene Shay, and Terry Gross. “Growing up in Philly I learned that comedy was a great way for me to tell my story authentically and connect to people,” says Hart. “Winning this award from the Arts + Business Council only proves to me that the arts and creativity can take you everywhere you want to go, and help you achieve big dreams. It’s always good to be back home!”

ABC selected passionate art collectors and philanthropic leaders Keith L. and Katherine Sachs for the G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Award for their transformative gifts to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. At the Museum they have endowed the Contemporary Curator, provided major support for acquisitions and capital, and in 2013 promised almost 100 works of art from their collection, for which the museum named the Modern and Contemporary galleries in their honor. At Penn they have also given leadership gifts to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Penn Design and the School of Arts and Sciences. The new Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at Penn is a transformational gift, which will further elevate Philadelphia and Penn’s standing as a locus of artistic creativity and innovation. In addition to these important donations, Keith and Kathy work very hard to make sure their vision for the arts becomes reality. Kathy is Co-Chair of the Museum’s Campaign “It Starts Here”. “We strongly believe that all of these initiatives will have an amazing impact on the city because the arts are integral to society,” says Kathy Sachs. “As the purest expression of our humanity, the arts inspire us and connect us and allow us to see the world through different perspectives.” Past DiBona awardess include Caroline and Sidney Kimmel, Carol Haas Gravagno, and Lynne and Harold Honickman.

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Click below for a full roundup of press on #ABCAwards2017

Al Dia: http://aldianews.com/slideshow/2017-arts-business-awards-gala-philadelphia-art-museum/48302

CBS: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/05/23/arts-business-council-awards-honor-phillys-most-innovative-philanthropic-leaders/

Tribune: http://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/kevin-hart-receives-arts-business-council-artistic-excellence-award/article_a8511db1-ae2d-552d-9835-f69053ee707c.html

NBC10: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Kevin-Hart-Receives-Award-at-Philly-Museum-of-Art_Philadelphia-423975784.html

TV3: https://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/240926/Kevin-Hart-collects-top-Philadelphia-arts-award

Metro photo gallery: http://www.metro.us/things-do/philadelphia/2017-arts-business-council-awards-celebration-photos

Metro story: http://www.metro.us/things-do/philadelphia/kevin-hart-be-honored-arts-biz-council-awards-celebration

Philly Style: https://phillystylemag.com/photos-the-32nd-annual-arts-and-business-council-awards

This year’s full list of 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

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