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The Medina County Arts Council presented A Summer Soiree June 6 at Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, at which time deserving arts leaders were honored with the 2019 Service to the Arts Awards. These well-respected honorees are recognized for their passion, efforts, and commitment to the arts in Medina County.

For the 32nd year, an individual and an organization were chosen; also, the Board granted a scholarship to a high school senior. The recipients respectively were Cindy Allman, the City of Medina Bicentennial Committee, and Matthew Dietrich.

Presenter Dan Hostetler described the countless accomplishments of Cynthia "Cindy" Allman, winner of the 2019 Individual Service to the Arts Award. The work of this versatile artist and graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh has been exhibited nationally in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States, but she has spent her life dedicated to the arts in Medina. While maintaining an active and successful fine arts career, Cindy has shared her time and talent as a graphic designer and website manager for many county non-profits. She was presented with an Ohio Proclamation by Representative Stephen Hambley.

Bill Lamb presented the 2019 Organization Service to the Arts Award to the City of Medina Bicentennial Committee, under the leadership of, and accepted by, Roger Smalley. Lamb praised the committee for the many programs it developed and coordinated highlighting the worthy attributes of Medina's rich history, for bringing to life the people who built the city, who wrote the rich history of which the community is so proud.

Smalley appreciated the recognition but was quick to point out the year-long celebration was a total group effort from the very beginning. He expressed thanks to the community that supports the arts so well. Representative Hambley presented the group with an Ohio Proclamation as well.

Aimee Adams introduced Brunswick High School senior Matthew Dietrich, recipient of the MCAC Scholarship. The very impressive young man overcame shyness as a young child and became deeply involved with the Brunswick Marching Band as its Drum Major. Matthew, who is a member of all major musical ensembles at the high school, also participated in the Ohio All-State Band where he was selected as principal of the saxophone section.

Matthew will attend the Univesity of Akron to pursue a degree in Music Education. He said "I want to share the gifts I received through my passion for music to help and influence people to become better versions of themselves."

Linda Loveless, MCAC Secretary/event chair, expressed thanks to the local restaurants that provided a delicious hors d'oeuvres buffet: P.J. Marley's, A Cupcake A Day, Blue Heron Brewery, Echelon, L'Nique, Miss Molly's Tea Room, ParTake, Riverstone Taverne, SantoSuossos, Superior Beverage Group, and Sully's Irish Pub.

Students who helped serve are members of the Brunswick High Marching Band. They are earning money for the band's trip to London, where they have been invited to perform in the 2020 New Year's Day Parade.

Loveless also thanked the Soiree committee - Aimee Adams, Sue Becks, Pat Chaloupek, Jill Morton, and Marsha Pappalardo - and Elaine Lamb for creating the 2019 Service to the Arts awards.

Guests had the opportunity to sign up for "Dining for the Arts," evenings when specially prepared meals served in the homes of six supporters will offer ethnic, regional, and continental dining experiences for groups of eight to 35. Two sold out that evening, but the others still have available seating. For further details please check medinacoartscouncil@gmail.com.

A "Live Auction of Experiences" (rather than objectsl) was conducted by the always entertaining husband and wife team of Janie and David Parish. The visits to 15 destinations of interest raised an additional $2,400.

The evening concluded with the opening of the treasure chest in which there was a bracelet designed specifically for this event by jeweler Dave Wiant. Bob Smith had the lucky key.

Folk/Rock entertainer Jim Gill performed prior to the program.

"The Medina County Arts Council was founded in 1983 to encourage and support the fine and performing arts in Medina County."