Subject: Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Receives Renewed & Early Corporate Support for 2017 ACE (Arts & Culture Empowerment) Awards

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October 26, 2016
Media Contact:
Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329
CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY Announces Continued and Significant Early Support for 2017 ACE (Arts & Culture Empowerment) Awards, to be celebrated at 2nd Annual ACE Awards Breakfast in May 2017
Norwalk, CT – (October 26, 2016) – Having supported the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's (CAFC) highly successful and impactful Inaugural 2016 ACE (Arts & Culture Empowerment) Awards, the law firm of Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., as well as the graphic design firm, Studio 2pt0, have contributed significant “early bird” support towards the 2017 ACE Awards. The 2017 ACE Award winners will be celebrated, in Fairfield County, at an awards breakfast in May of 2017.

Ira Bloom, Senior Partner and a Managing Partner at Bercham, Moses & Devlin, P.C., stated that “We believe that arts and culture enhance the quality of life in Connecticut’s towns and cities, and are pleased to support the efforts of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County,” Bloom asserted that his law firm is “...strongly committed to participating in community activities that make a difference,”
On May 19th, 2016, CAFC celebrated the Inaugural ACE Awards at a breakfast at the Shore and Country Club in Norwalk. Over 200 cultural and business leaders, artists and cultural patrons attended the event. The ACE Awards were created by CAFC to celebrate the individuals, organizations and businesses in Fairfield County who have made a significant contribution to the community through arts and culture, or who have enriched the arts and culture sector through volunteerism or patronage.

At last year’s ACE Awards Breakfast, Tony-Award winning actor and singer, James Naughton, served as Master of Ceremonies. Arthur Levitt, the twenty-fifth and longest serving Chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission was the keynote speaker, and he was introduced by Karen Brooks Hopkins, President Emeritus of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and current Senior Fellow in Residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Levitt addressed the committed audience stating that “A vital arts scene is considered a significant plus for many of the most talented, vivacious and productive citizens in our economy.” Levitt emphasized that “Just as strong schools make a place more livable, strong arts make a place more interesting - and therefore more valuable.” 

In December of 2015, CAFC sent out a call for nominations for the inaugural ACE Award to its membership which consists of over 500 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative businesses, libraries and municipalities. The organization received five times the expected number of responses. Calls for nominations for the 2017 ACE Awards will be issued again in December of this year.

The 2016 ACE Awards went to the following:

ACE Award, Corporate: Bank of America, a leading supporter of the arts and sponsor of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Giving Day.

ACE Award, Artist: Westport Artists’ Collective founders (a program of the Westport Arts Center) Duvian Montoya, Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Tammy Winser, Helen Klisser During and Jahmane West, recognized for encouraging the careers and talents of local artists and contributing to our diverse artistic community.

ACE Award, Nonprofit: Curtain Call Inc., accepted by Lou Ursone, Executive Director of Curtain Call. Curtain Call offers year round high-level community theatre performances, educational programs.

ACE Award, Educator: The educational staff of the Bruce Museum for their exemplary work in arts and science education developing programming across generations and inclusive of STEAM educational concepts (Science, Technology, Education, Art and Mathematics).

ACE Award, Citizen: Richard J. Wenning, executive director of BeFoundation, a family foundation devoted to dramatic improvement in the education of underserved children in Connecticut and Cofounder of SpreadMusicNow which is dedicated to ensuring there is adequate funding for music education.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County supports cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses in Fairfield County through marketing, professional development and advocacy. For more information, visit and the organization's popular event calendar

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Media Contact: Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County works to support cultural organizations,
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