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TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards Presented

Mar 29, 2018 03:34PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Main Photo: Shane Bryant. Gallery: Holly Caprell, Genevieve Sakas Manly, Traysie Amick, and David Lominack.

TD Bank sponsored the 2017 Business & the Arts Partnership Awards, which were presented in the Gunter Theatre of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) annual meeting.

TD Bank has a long-standing tradition of financially supporting Greenville's arts scene. Its executives and employees give their time and resources to many philanthropic endeavors throughout Greenville.

TD Bank Business & the Arts Partnership Awards

Business with more than 100 employees

Winner: Pecknel Music Company, nominated by Greenville Chorale.

Nominees: Acumen IT LLC; Current Tools; Davis Audiology; Engenius Web Design; Greenfields Bagels and Deli; Smith Moore Leatherwood; and Two Men and a Truck.

Business with less than 100 employees

Winner: Duke Energy, nominated by South Carolina Children’s Theatre.

Nominees: Elliott Davis, LLC; Metromont; Michelin North America, Inc.; Rolling Green Village; Ryobi Nation; and United Community Bank.

Put Your Heart in the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner: Warren Hopper, nominated by South Carolina Children’s Theatre.

Nominees: William Brown; Maurice Cherry; Barbara Rupp; Glenn Sawicki; Allison Spinks; Nancy Stanton; and May Welborn.

MAC Awards

SmartARTS 2017 Teaching Artist Award

Winner: Shane Bryant.

Shane Bryant has been a ceramic artist since 1993. He founded The William Felton School of Crafts in 2004 and has taught classes through Furman University’s continuing education department, as well as the Spartanburg Museum of Art, where he was the pottery studio manager. Bryant served as a board member for Upstate Visual Arts and Greenville’s First Fridays. He has been listed on the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Roster since 2000 and has been an artist-in-residence for many schools over the years. He has been a teaching artist for MAC’S SmartARTS program since 2004 and is a regular participant in MAC’s Greenville Open Studios program.

2017 MAC Visionary Award

Winner: Holly Caprell.

Holly Caprell is the 2017 recipient of the MAC Visionary Award. Caprell has been the executive director of the Greenville County Youth Orchestras (GCYO) since 2007. GCYO has been educating young musicians for more than 40 years. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people through music by providing a quality orchestral program that develops and educates young musicians, one in which they learn the art of performance, enhance personal musicianship, and prosper as individuals. GCYO is the orchestra-in-residence of the Greenville County School District’s Fine Arts Center. During Caprell's tenure, GCYO has significantly expanded its offerings as well as its awareness within the Greenville community. 

Caprell received a B.A. from Converse College in Spartanburg with a major in Psychology and minors in Music Performance and Accounting. She is a private voice and piano teacher and the voice teacher at Southside Christian School. In addition, Caprell does freelance work both on and off the area theater stages.

2017 MAC Lifelong Support of the Arts Award

Winner: Genevieve Sakas Manly.

Throughout her life, Genevieve Sakas Manly has been both an artist and an arts supporter. Manly developed a passion for dance and attended dance classes three times weekly as a child. After college, she moved to New York to study at the School of American Ballet. There she met John Sakas. After their wedding, they formed a dance act and toured the globe. The couple returned to Greenville in 1972, and became involved in the planning phase of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH). They contributed significant funding to build the Sakas Black Box Theatre inside the John and Genevieve Sakas Center for Drama. As a long-time board member of the SCGSAH, Manly also created the Sakas Endowment to fund costume purchases and repair. Manly has also been a donor to the Peace Center, where the restaurant/lounge in the Peace Concert Hall is named in her honor. As a member of the Peace family, she has firmly believed in Greenville’s arts community and has provided a significant amount of funding to many arts and cultural initiatives throughout her life.

Carl R. Blair Commitment to Arts Education Award

Winner: Traysie Amick.

Throughout her life, Traysie Amick has been a teacher, imparting her talent and passion for theater to youth throughout the Upstate. For almost 20 years, Amick has been the principal teaching artist at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre (SCCT) where she has acted, taught, and directed. She has developed theater curriculum for SCCT programs Know Way, Second Stage, and Wee Play Theatre. Amick designed a children’s program for Rock Hill Community Theatre. She has also delighted audiences in both comedic and dramatic roles at the Café & Then Some, The Warehouse Theatre, Winthrop University Theatre, and The Distracted Globe.  Amick held an internship at Omaha Magic Theatre, and she is an alumna of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities. 

Ann C. Sherard Young Supporter of the Arts Award

Winner: David Lominack.

David Lominack is market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, where he is responsible for commercial banking throughout the state. He joined the former Carolina First Bank in May 1997 as a management associate. Upon completion of the Management Associate program, he served in a number of management roles. From 2006-2010, Lominack served as market president for the Midlands region of South Carolina. When Carolina First was acquired by TD Bank in 2010, Lominack returned home to become the market president for the Upstate-Midlands region. He was appointed market president of South Carolina in 2015.

Throughout his tenure at TD Bank, David has overseen and approved the distribution of several million dollars in funding for the arts throughout Greenville County. TD has been a loyal supporter of the Peace Center, Centre Stage, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Little Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Artisphere, the Greenville County Museum of Art, and MAC.

MAC Board of Directors Awards

Winners: Roger Ables and Chris Kavolus.

MAC is grateful for the generous financial support provided by Board members Roger Ables and Chris Kavolus. Both have been outstanding assets to the organization and have served as strong advocates of MAC’s programs and services throughout the Greenville community.

MAC Board of Directors Service Awards

Winners: Carolyn Coulter and Truman Henderson.

For more than 20 years, Carolyn Coulter and Truman Henderson have served as co-chairs of the MAC Grants Committee. They have worked to ensure that MAC’s grants process is in compliance with guidelines set forth by the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Their collective knowledge has been a great asset to MAC, and they have always been fair, objective, and egalitarian in their leadership. 

MAC Board of Directors Leadership Awards

Winners: Ken Betsch and Charles Ratterree.

Ken Betsch took the reins as board chairman in July, 2017 when MAC hired Alice Ratterree as its new director of operations. Betsch oversaw the most financially successful six months in MAC’s 43-year history.

Charles Ratterree is the longest-serving MAC board chairman in the organization’s history. During his tenure, MAC experienced record highs in funding from both the public and private sectors. All of MAC’s major programs - Greenville Open Studios, Flat Out Under Pressure, and SmartARTS - flourished under Ratterree’s leadership.

Other MAC Awards

Also at the 2017 MAC meeting, the following individuals and organizations received recognition for the steadfast and generous support of MAC’s programs and services:

Campaign for the Arts 2017

Allen Tate Companies; Karen & William Brown; Canal Insurance Company Foundation; Rosa M. Eisenstadt; Edith & Bill Hardaway; Hollingsworth Funds, Inc.; Nancy & Erwin Maddrey; Elbert W. Rogers Foundation; Susan & Michael Riordan; and Hal Weiss.

Programs and Services

BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC; Traute E. & Roland H. Engeler Family; SEW Eurodrive; South Carolina Arts Commission; and Don & Zelma Waggoner Foundation

SmartARTS Awards

Daniel-Mickel Foundation; Graham Foundation; Jolley Foundation; Robert B. and Ruth K. Lee Foundation; Mice on Main (Linda Kelly and Zan Wells); TD Bank; and TD Charitable Foundation.

Greenville Open Studios 2017

County of Greenville; Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation; South State Bank; and Janette W. Wesley & Renato Vicario

Downtown Alive 2017

Clemson University MBA Program and Piedmont Natural Gas Company.

Outstanding Support

City of Greenville; Greenville Health System; and Michelin North America, Inc.

MAC Endowment for the Arts

Michelin North America, Inc. and Janet & Steve Sumner.