The Center up for an Arts & Business Council award |

The Center up for an Arts & Business Council award

It’s show time again for the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento’s annual Prelude to the Season, a lively, unique and unrivaled awards celebration.

The 24th annual event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, at the Doubletree Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento.

Individual tickets are $60, reserved tables for 10 with signage are $1200. Additional information and tickets can be found online at or by calling (916) 442-2005.

This year, prelude to the season highlights Sacramento’s “Creative Capital,” the inventory of artists and creatives contributing significantly to our regional economy.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will be giving a special keynote presentation to kick off the festivities.

The afternoon’s entertainment lineup will showcase some of the area’s best: an aria by Julie Anne Miller of the Sacramento Opera; a performance by the cast of the cast of ‘Suds: the Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera at The Cosmopolitan Cabaret; a music video from the Sacramento Film and Music Festival; and a comedic musical parody by Kitty O’Neal of KFBK and Muriel Johnson of the California Arts Council.

Award finalists – chosen by the community and a panel of artists, art advocates, executives and past winners – in ten award categories include:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Michael Morgan (Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra); David Garibaldi; Raphael Delgado

ARTS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Francie Dillon; Lynn Stevens (Sacramento Children’s Chorus); Erika Kraft (SMAC)

ARTS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR: Cecile Mouette Downs, French Film Festival; Daphne Quist, Sacramento Children’s Chorus; Marc Feldman, Sacramento Philharmonic

ARTS/BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP: KVIE & The Niello Company; Western Health Advantage, AT&T, Wells Fargo and Sacramento Region Community Foundation; AT&T, Stanford Home for Children, Artist Raphael Delgado

ARTS MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE (above $250K/yr): Sacramento Ballet; Camellia Symphony Orchestra; The Center for the Arts

ARTS MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE (below $250K/yr): Pacific Rim Festival; Chautauqua Playhouse; Center For Contemporary Art Sacramento

BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS: Skip’s Music; Western Health Advantage;

HOT ITALIAN Pizza & Panini Bar

INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP: Mayor Kevin Johnson; Marcy Friedman; Carol Van Bruggen

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Veronica Delgado; Sonny Alforque; Marshall Aaronson

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Barbara Jackson; Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda; Caroline Schaefer

In addition to the presentation of 10 awards, the yearly gathering of artists, businesspeople and patrons offers a look at the diversity in the greater Sacramento region -“this event brings together the whole arts community, dance, drama and music to cinema, photography and design,” according to Michelle Alexander, executive director of the council. “Creativity and innovation are key to rebuilding our economy and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to recognize the players contributing to that goal.”

ABC is primarily known for sponsoring the region’s Business Volunteers for the Arts program, working for 20-plus years to support artists and arts/culture organizations by connecting them with free business expertise and volunteer consultants. Funds raised from the event go to support the BVA program.

Several million dollars of pro bono services have been donated to the art community through ABC programs and services.

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