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Mark Tenniswood Volunteer of the Year

Odessa Arts will honor Arts volunteers at the annual Mark Tenniswood Volunteer in the Arts Award Black & White Ball on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:30pm at the MCM Eleganté hotel. 

“We are pleased to see a record number of nominees from a broad spectrum of arts agencies this year,” says Executive Director Randy Ham, “It is yet another example of the thriving cultural offerings here in the Permian Basin, and the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly everyday to make our community better. We are also pleased that this event was made possible by the generosity of Eofficial Enterprises, who continually support the community through organizations and projects such as this.”

In addition to the seventeen honorees, Odessa Arts will also be presenting Former Mayor Lorraine Perryman with the Friend of the Arts award. “Lorraine is a household name to those of us who work in Education or in the Arts because of her giving heart,” explains Celeste Potter, Executive Director of the Education Foundation, “When Lorraine is involved, she gives you all of herself.”

This year’s awards ceremony doubles as a fundraiser for the the Odessa Spire public art project, which aims to transform the old Cloth World sign into a beacon for Downtown Odessa. 

Explains Ham, “Although we have secured the funds for the artwork itself, the structure is in need of support and cosmetic repairs in order to have it truly become a home for the amazing work of Philadelphia artist Ray King.”

The Black & White Ball will feature music by Bridger Bolton and Nick Conn, and is hosted by Lupe Zapata, FOX 24 Morning Show anchor. 

2018 Mark Tenniswood Volunteer of the Year Honorees:

Eric Baker – West Texas Education Project

Jane Boles – West Texas Public Radio

Peggy Caddell – West Texas Harp Society

Lindi Bridges – Midland Festival Ballet

Kaylee Cochran – West Texas Talent

John Dzubinski – Live on Stage

Monica Gallivan – Permian Playhouse

Brenda Garner – Perker House Ranching Museum

Mark Germer, CPA – Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale

Shawna John Garcia – Cassatt in the Basin

Marc Kondrup – Permian Basin Opera

Susan Leshnower – Allegro, Inc. 

Liliana Marquez – Keep Odessa Beautiful

Dr. Antonio Moreno – UTPB Fine Arts

Deisy Olivares – West Texas Film Festival

Liz Roberson – Ellen Noel Art Museum

Loretta Walker – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Friend of the Arts – Lorraine Perryman

Tickets are $75/individual and $600/table for Odessa Arts members and $85/individual and $750/table for non-members