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GHIO 2013: First Award Winners Announced

 GAC Announces first two winners of this year’s GHIO Event

 The Greenville Arts Council announces the first two winners of the 2013 Greenville Honors Its Own event.  For 30 years, the Greenville Arts Council has honored artists with roots in Washington County who have made a significant contribution to the world of art and have been recognized outside the Delta for their work. These awards are an important part of the Greenville Arts Council’s mission to promote and support the arts in the area.  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Greenville Arts Council, the GHIO committee will be announcing two winners each week from January 14, 2013 until February 4, 2013.

The first two awardees are Chillie’s Package Store and O’Bannon Elementary School.

The Business Award is given to the business that has displayed dedication to supporting the arts in Greenville/Washington County through monetary and/or in-kind donations and/or through the commitment of their leadership and employees. Chillie’s Package Store has been a longtime patron to the arts as well as the community. Brothers Sandy DeAngelo and Ricky DeAngelo are co-owners of Chillie’s Package Store in Greenville, Mississippi. Their business and personalities have thrived in the Delta for over forty years. Proudly and unforgettably, they attribute the growth and the success of Chillie’s to their father, Caesar DeAngelo and their mother Genevieve DeAngelo. In 1964, Caesar had been cutting hair at Chillie’s Barber Shop and supporting a family when Salvador Maucelli, owner of Fairvew Package Store and brother-in-law to Caesar, suggested that he consider opening a liquor store. The store was small and the wine selection was scarce, but the community of Greenville was supportive. Caesar managed both Chillie’s Package store and Chillie’s Barber Shop until July 1976 when he passed away. Since 1971, Sandy worked at both the liquor store and the barber shop.  In 1981 Ricky had just finished high school, and he was attending Mississippi Delta Community College when Alderica Fava suffered his third heart attack and passed away. Needing additional assistance at the liquor store, Sandy asked Ricky if he wanted to work. Over the next few years sales grew. Members of the community continuously called in for new items daily. Sandy and Ricky, determined to find a solution for their expanding inventory, decided to knock down a wall in the store. After upgrading the building, the DeAngelo’s stocked their store with largest wine selection in the state. The transition from the modest store their father owned on Colorado Street to the productive business they manage now is considered quite an inconceivable feat by many. Today, they order new wines constantly because of the vast demand. After forty years, customers continue to support Chillie’s Package Store. Local and national patrons not only come in for the variety of wines, they come in for laughs, for the smell of Italian cuisine cooking in the back, and for the mere camaraderie and tradition of Chillie’s Package Store.

The Arts in Education Award is given to an educator or group of educators who has enriched the lives of many with their support and enthusiasm for teaching, and love and knowledge of the arts. This year’s winner is O’Bannon Elementary School. In 2010, Western Line School District formally joined the Greenville Arts Partnership. The Greenville Arts Partnership is a collaboration between the Greenville Arts Council, Washington County Public School Districts and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, focused on full arts integration in elementary schools. Under the leadership of Superintendent Mr. Larry Green and Principal Ms. Sawanda Washington, O’Bannon Elementary fully embraced arts integration in their school setting. During the 2011-2012 school year, every child enrolled in the school participated in GAC sponsored programming, from their Grandparent’s Day program to Science Fun Day or by attending GAP sponsored plays or performances. The district was the first GAP partnership site to experience Family Reading Bonds, a 6-week program sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council that focuses on family reading and improved literacy. O’Bannon has been an outstanding and engaged part of the Greenville Arts Partnership. Mr. Green is the Superintendent of Western Line School District.

Greenville Honors Its Own is scheduled on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246. Along with reservations there are multiple sponsorship levels available. Funds raised at Greenville Honors Its Own help ensure that their programs are free or affordable and always accessible to everyone in Washington County Area.