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Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
LVPAC Selects Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty to be Inaugural Recipient of “Arts Champion of the Year” Award
LIVERMORE, CA – (May 28, 2015) – The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) announced last night that Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty has been named the inaugural recipient of the “Arts Champion of the Year” Award. The newly-created award will be presented annually by LVPAC to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to supporting the cultural and performing arts in the Tri-Valley. The inaugural “Arts Champion of the Year” award will be officially presented to Supervisor Haggerty at the third annual LVPAC Lobster Clambake on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Lobster Clambake is held each fall at Wente Vineyards in Livermore with proceeds going to support both the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center.
Last year, Supervisor Haggerty played a key role in the process as LVPAC worked to resolve outstanding debt on the Bankhead Theater and make the transition to an independent theater model. “On behalf of Alameda County, Scott worked closely with LVPAC, the City of Livermore, and the Bank of New York/Mellon to develop a solution that would ensure the Bankhead Theater could remain a vibrant centerpiece for the arts in Livermore and the entire Tri-Valley,” said Denise Watkins, vice president of the LVPAC Board of Directors. “His clear understanding of the contribution the arts makes to a community, and his dedication in keeping the Bankhead a priority, was invaluable during the process and instrumental in helping us reach a successful outcome. As the premier arts organization in the Tri-Valley region, LVPAC is delighted to honor Supervisor Haggerty as our first “Champion of the Arts” in recognition of his support and commitment to strengthening the arts in our community,” Watkins added.
Haggerty was elected president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors earlier this year. First elected as Supervisor in 1996, he represents the First District which includes Livermore, Dublin, most of the city of Fremont, and unincorporated areas of East Alameda County. Haggerty is active on a number of regional boards and commissions and has extensive experience in traffic and transportation issues, as well as public safety. He represents Alameda County at the National Association of Counties in several leadership capacities, including vice chair of the Large Urban County Caucus.
The new “Champion of the Arts” award was introduced during LVPAC’s annual Season Announcement event on May 27, 2015. The LVPAC Presents 2015-2016 season, which opens at the Bankhead Theater in September, will offer more than four dozen shows across a range of performing arts, including music of nearly every style and genre, as well as theater, dance, comedy, and other events. Presentation of the “Champion of the Arts” Award to Supervisor Haggerty will be a highlight at the Annual LVPAC Lobster Clambake on September 12th. The casually elegant event offers attendees an authentic New England-style menu, award-winning wines, musical entertainment, and both live and silent auctions. For more information regarding sponsorship, table reservations, or single tickets for the event, call (925) 373-6800 or visit www.livermoreperformingarts.org/clambake
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that give access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. LVPAC Presents offers a diverse variety of exceptional music, dance and theatrical performances at the Bankhead Theater each year. The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. Between them, they have offered more than 500 public activities each year, from classes and workshops, to concerts, festivals and performances, as well as ArtWalk and extensive educational arts outreach. A list of upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater, as well as activities at the Bothwell Arts Center, is available online at livermoreperformingarts.org