|November 19 2008|
|For Immediate Release|
|Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Director of Program Development, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030|
|Sweetwater Wins BCA TEN Award|
| BUSINESS COMMITTEE FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 2008 BCA TEN
Ten Businesses Honored for Their Exceptional Support of the Arts
The Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) announces THE BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. This national list - the first of its kind created by a nonprofit organization - was initiated by BCA in 2005 to recognize ten companies each year for their exceptional support of the arts in the United States. These companies have exhibited exemplary support for the arts in recent years through grants, volunteer programs, matching gifts, local partnerships, sponsorships and board membership.
The companies on THE BCA TEN - 2008 are:
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Houston, TX
Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY
Emprise Bank, Wichita, KS
First Tennessee, Memphis, TN
H&R Block, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Limited Brands, Inc., Columbus, OH
Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI
Sweetwater Sound, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN
Wachovia, Charlotte, NC
Zions First National Bank, Salt Lake City, UT
"These businesses are recognized for their exceptional involvement in the arts for the purpose of enriching the workplace, education and the community. They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into lives of millions of Americans," said J. Barry Griswell, Chairman, Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. Board of Directors. "This year's extraordinary honorees have taken a proactive approach by leading, developing and sustaining arts and arts education programming in communities of all sizes, across the nation."
The BCA TEN awards were presented by BCA, FORBES Magazine, and Americans for the Arts on October 30, 2008, at a black-tie gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Business and arts leaders from throughout the country attended the event during which the BCA Leadership Award and BCA Hall of Fame Award were presented.
BCA Leadership Award
The BCA Leadership Award was presented to James R. Houghton, Chairman Emeritus of Corning Incorporated in Corning, New York. The award was established by BCA in 1993 to recognize individuals whose vision, commitment and leadership champion the arts. The 15th recipient of the annual BCA Leadership Award, Houghton has made significant contributions to the arts throughout his dynamic career.
BCA Hall of Fame
BCA established the BCA Hall of Fame in 1992 to recognize companies that demonstrate exceptional long-term support to the arts. This year's inductee is Deutsche Bank, based in New York, New York. Deutsche Bank is the 22nd company inducted into the Hall of Fame. The company has successfully demonstrated ongoing commitment to the arts and society.
About Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA)
The Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) was founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller to bring business and the arts together. Since then, business support to the arts has grown from $22 million in 1967 to $3.16 billion in 2006. BCA's mission is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring and stimulating business to support the arts in the workplace, in education and in the community.
The Media Sponsor of THE BCA TEN is USA TODAY and Presenting Sponsors include The First American Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Principal Financial Group, and Target. The Sustaining Sponsor is Deutsche Bank. Leadership Circle supporters are C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, Corning Incorporated, Emprise Bank, Equity Dynamics, H&R Block Inc., Humana, Ingram Industries, Meredith Corporation, Taramor Fund, and Vinson & Elkins LLP
For information about BCA and its programs and events, please visit www.bcainc.org.
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