GHIO: Last Winner Announced

GAC Announces last winner of this year’s GHIO Event

 The Greenville Arts Council announces the last winner 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 11, 2013.

The last award given is the Chuck Jordan Lifetime Contribution to the Arts Award. This year the award was renamed after the late Mayor Chuck Jordan. Jordan was a dedicated community supporter as well as a loyal arts supporter. Jordan was one of the founders of the Greenville Arts Council in 1983. This year’s recipient of the Chuck Jordan Lifetime Contribution to the Arts Award is given to the Howard and Carole Brent Foundation.

The Howard & Carole Brent Foundation began in 2003 as a vehicle for Howard and Carole Brent, and their family, to give to charitable organizations from education to the arts and cancer research. The Foundation has supported the Jesse Brent-Merrick Jones Golf Tournament, which celebrated 30 years in Greenville in 2011. The tournament itself supported cancer charities and a non-profit support group for seamen, including river men and their families in times of tragedy or need, among others. More recently, the Foundation, working in partnership with the Greenville Arts Council, hosted the release of the newly recorded Brent Sisters CD, “Party Dress: Songs of Carole Lamb Brent,” and funds raised from the sale of the CD were donated to the Delta Cotton Belles. Each member of the Brent family has a different soft spot in the charity world. Howard and his son Lincoln Brent have always been interested in conservation, therefore the Foundation has supported groups like Wildlife Mississippi; as an artist, Eden Brent is always supporting music, literature, art and education, the Eudora Welty House, The Blues Foundation, our own Blues Festival and of course, the Greenville Arts Council. One of Jessica Brent’s favorite charities is the Cypress Preserve, the little piece of primordial jungle nestled in a secret swamp; and Bronwynne Brent and Adam Boyette have a special connection with animals, to ensure their rescue, foster and adoption, organizations like AARF are remembered.  No matter how much is given to charity, the needs are never fully satisfied. The Howard and Carole Brent Foundation is truly dedicated to the support of the arts and other community and regional organizations. It is through their commitment that organizations like the Greenville Arts Council thrive.

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 Greenville Arts Council programs are free or affordable and always accessible to everyone in Washington County Area.

Additional 2013 GHIO winners that have already been announced are:
Arts in Education Award: O’Bannon Elementary School
Business Award: Chillie’s Package Store
Special Achievement Award: Leland Frog Fest
Artist Award: Shawn Wilson
Artist Award: Lisa Chow
Artist Award: Steve Azar
Bert Miller Volunteer Award: Lisa Percy
Georgie Fisher Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: William Beckwith