Statewide Advocacy Association Recognizes Mahoning Valley Region Advocates
CreativeOhio to Honor Advocacy Champions at Luncheon on October 20th
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The CreativeOhio Foundation has selected winners of its inaugural CreativeOhio Champion (CO-Champion) Advocacy Awards from the Mahoning Valley Region. The advocacy champions will be celebrated at the CreativeOhio Champion (CO-Champion) Advocacy Awards Luncheon on October 20 at The Lake Club in Poland, Ohio. The selection committee—comprised of CreativeOhio board members—selected honorees from those nominated based on their commitments and actions that enrich their community, citizens, and culture through constant advocacy and relentless support of creatives.
Awards have been granted in the following categories:
Arts Educator Champion
Rebecca Keck, President, Students Motivated by the Arts (SMARTS)
Daniel Rauschenbach, Co-owner, SOAP Gallery and Sage Art Galleries
Individual Advocate Champion
Jim Tressel, Former President, Youngstown State University
Business Advocate Champion
Lifetime Achievement Award
Louis Zona, Executive Director, The Butler Institute of American Art
More information about the honorees can be found at creativeoh.org.
“We’ve long been impressed with the advocacy that comes from the Mahoning Valley Region, and are thrilled to be able to honor this year’s suite of winners in person at the CreativeOhio Champion Advocacy Awards Luncheon,” said CreativeOhio Foundation board member Sue Porter, who also serves as the Executive Director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. Porter led the efforts selecting this year’s group of winners. Nominations were sourced locally from the Mahoning Valley region with its affinity for arts and culture evident in the overwhelming number of submissions.
CreativeOhio Champion (CO-Champion) Advocacy Awards Luncheon, a fundraiser for the CreativeOhio Foundation, is presented by JAC Live with additional support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
About the CreativeOhio Champion Advocacy Awards:
The CreativeOhio Champion Advocacy Awards aim to spotlight the advocates who drive positive change through their dedication to the arts. Their tireless efforts inspire others, enhance our cultural landscape, and make our community more vibrant and inclusive.
CreativeOhio is the leading statewide advocacy organization for creatives and the creative economy—empowering, energizing, and establishing creativity as a core economic driver benefiting all Ohioans.
For more information about the awards, sponsorship opportunities, or reservations, please visit creativeoh.org/advocacy-awards.