Beck Center Honors Terry Stewart at 80th Anniversary Gala Tonight
September 2013 marks the beginning of Beck Center for the Arts' landmark 80th season, and Beck Center certainly has cause to celebrate. From humble beginnings as Lakewood Little Theater in 1933, the organization has grown to be one of the largest arts organizations in Northeast Ohio, serving nearly 60,000 constituents annually with dynamic theater, arts education, exhibits and outreach programming. Tonight, October 19, 2013, Beck Center will host a gala,Spotlight, to honor the past and look forward to the next 80+ years of creating art experiences in Northeast Ohio. The festivities will include a special presentation to honor Terry Stewart, retired President & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.
Mr. Stewart was selected as honoree in recognition of his dynamic leadership of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum and the important collaboration between Beck Center and the Rock Hall: "Toddler Rock." "Toddler Rock" is an award-winning and effective early childhood music therapy based program that has impacted several thousand children since its founding in 1999.
"Terry Stewart's understanding of the impact of the arts in education clearly exemplifies the type of leadership that deserves recognition in our community," commented Beck Center's President & CEO Lucinda Einhouse. "I'm pleased that Terry has agreed to be a part of our 80th anniversary celebration and allow us to recognize his significant impact on the region, both artistically and philanthropically. As we celebrate this milestone, this is the perfect opportunity to let him know what he means to us."
"As Past President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I'm proud of the collaboration we built with Beck Center, positively impacting our youngest learners from all over Greater Cleveland through our Toddler Rock program," said Terry Stewart. "As an advocate for the arts and a friend of Beck Center, I am inspired by the wonderful theater, dance and music performances Beck Center continuously provides to people of all ages and walks of life. It's an honor to be recognized by an organization that adds so much to the cultural landscape of Northeast Ohio."
Tickets for this much-anticipated occasion go on sale in September. Guests can expect an exciting evening of art, music, and a special revue in the Mackey Main Stage, produced by Artistic Director Scott Spence. Gala Co-Chairs Kathy Haber, Chann Fowler-Spellman, and Janna Dresing invite you to go to beckcenter.org for additional details, including sponsorship opportunities.