Charlie and Ruth Marcon, longtime philanthropists to the Allentown arts scene, are this year’s recipients of the 2013 Arts Ovation Special Recognition Award. The couple will be among those honored by the Allentown Arts Commission for their impact on the city’s cultural community at the commission’s 25th Annual Arts Ovation Awards luncheon at noon on May 2 at The Palace Center, 623 Hanover Ave., Allentown.
The Marcons of Allentown, both born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, have maintained a lifelong commitment to their community through numerous cultural and community development organizations. In the arts, alone, their generosity, sponsorship and volunteerism has extended to the Allentown Symphony Association, Community Music School, Allentown Art Museum, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, and Allentown Public Library, along with valley colleges and universities.
“We greatly appreciate the dedication to the arts that Charlie and Ruth have demonstrated and they rightfully deserve this award,” said Mayor Pawlowski. “We need more patrons of the arts like the Marcons. I hope they inspire others to join our thriving arts community. We need more volunteers like the Marcons.”
In 1988, former commission member Jeff Gordon had an idea to form an Arts Ovation Committee comprised of commission members and recognize the impact local artists and arts organizations were having on the Allentown community. The format was a luncheon which attracted some 400-plus guests from the local arts, school and corporate communities. Twenty-five years later, Arts Ovation still remains committed in its mission to recognize and encourage established as well as emerging artists who make the City of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley a place to call home.
Other awards will be presented during the program. Reservations, at $35 per person and $260 for a table of eight, are available by calling Arts Ovation co-chair Susan Rutt at 610-791-3497. Sponsorships are available at $100 to $1,500. For information, call Arts Ovation co-chair Charles Kalan at 610-791-1257.