“Notably unique honorees” were recently recognized at the Tampa Bay Business for Culture & The Arts 2021 Impact Awards in Tampa.
TBBCA, a nonprofit organization, “unites area businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community through innovative partnerships and sustainable programs.”
The honorees at the TBBCA annual gala, according to a news release, were:
Christopher Still, Artistic Achievement Impact Award, a renowned artist whose profound works celebrate Florida.
Bob Devin Jones, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Impact Award, a dynamic blend of actor, director, and visionary who gives his all to the theatre.
T. Marshall Rousseau, Individual Impact Award, a go-to leader in the arts who harnessed his business acumen and creative imagination to produce and fund spaces.
Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, Business Impact Award, a legal firm whose philanthropic practice has consistently demonstrated conscientious support of the arts.
Dr. Ronald and Renee Vaughn, Patrons of Culture and the Arts, an inspiring couple in the Tampa Bay community whose work and volunteer efforts have resulted in extraordinary accomplishments.
The gala, held at Tampa Armature Works, included a cocktail hour, live music, entertainment and dinner. The event host was Dalia Colón of WEDU PBS.
Event spnsors were: Title Sponsor – Premier Eye Care. Program Sponsor – The University of Tampa. Signature Sponsors -The Wilson Company, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Magazine, Chappell Roberts, Hieronymus Foundation, Stephen Gay Group, Ogletree Deakins, Shumaker, Smith & Associates, Stearns Weaver Miller, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Chroma Studios, Playbook, Alex McKnight, My Favorite Art Place, and St. Pete Catalyst.
Patron Sponsors were: Vantage Point Advisors Raymond James, RSBP event planning and PR, Peter and Cynthia Zinober, Caspers Company, Anthony & Partners, Kerry O’Reilly, J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation, Pam Overton, Old Tampa Bay Title, Bank OZK, BNY Mellon, Old Tampa Bay Title, LLC, and Studio@620.
“The economic impact of a vibrant arts and cultural sector is important and unique, helping to attract and retain businesses and a talented workforce, supporting jobs, generating government revenue, serving as the cornerstone of tourism, inducing large amounts of related and ancillary spending by audiences, and helping local businesses thrive,” according to TBBCA.