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The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach to Recognize Leaders in the Arts

Signature Inaugural Celebration will be held at The Surf Club at The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club


On Sunday, February 23, 2020 the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will be making a splash with the inaugural Beaches event.  Beaches will be an annual celebration of artists, individuals, and organizations who have shaped and enhanced our art-filled beaches community.  This fun and formal affair will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests will be transported to a vibrant, whimsical, deep sea setting; and will enjoy cocktails, beaches-inspired chef specialties, live art, music, an awards presentation, and auction items that reflect our dynamic community.  

NOMINATIONS ARE IN! The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is working with three prominent community members  involved in the arts to select the top nominees and winners in each of the 5 award categories. 

The inaugural Beaches judges are:

Barbara Golden, Communications Manager of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors Convention Bureau.

Barbara Colaciello, community arts advocate, motivational speaker, director, performer, and former colleague of Andy Warhol.

Lisa Goodrich, Business Development Strategist at Brunet-Garcia Advertising, Inc., involved with several Jacksonville nonprofit organizations, and has a passion for community engagement.

Top nominees will be announced on November 1, 2019.  Top nominees will be recognized, and award winners will be announced on February 23, 2020.  CCPVB is ecstatic about the diverse and impressive nominations received for Beaches, and we cannot wait to share the top nominees with the community!  

The Beaches Honorary Chair is Irene Lazzara, Trustee of the Lazzara Family Foundation.  The Lazzara Family Foundation has a long history of supporting programs and projects focused on expanding and improving arts and culture, educational opportunities, and the emotional and physical challenges in our community.  

"The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is elated to have such an esteemed member of our community involved with Beaches!" 

-Donna Guzzo, CCPVB Executive Director 

CCPVB will kick-off the Beaches celebration event with a free open house at the Cultural Center on Saturday, February 22, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  CCPVB is partnering with Beaches Go Green, known for their education and advocacy about the impact of waste on the planet, and their interactive sculpture garden at Deck the Chairs,  to create a recycled, beach-themed art display for guests to enjoy. Beer and wine will be available for donation, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Emerging Artist Award: Awarded to an emerging artist of any age who has displayed great accomplishment with their fine art or craft medium.

Arts Education & Advocacy Award: Awarded to an artist or arts advocate with a track record of advancing the arts and/or educating the general public, business leaders, elected officials, and students on the fundamental value of arts in the community.

The Art of Giving Award: Awarded to a business, large or small, or an individual committed to funding and/or sustaining arts and culture program(s) within the community.

Community Impact Award (Member's Choice Award): Awarded to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a tangible and measurable development of the arts & culture in the community.

Beaches Award: Awarded to an individual, business, or organization dedicated to ensuring that arts and culture are ingrained into the everyday life in the Beaches community.

Top nominees will be announced on November 1, 2019! Top nominees will be recognized, and award winners will be announced on February 23, 2020.

Beaches could not be possible without our community partners, Mike Wicks, Amy Crane, Diane Bradley, Barbara Colaciello, Barbara Golden, Lisa Goodrich, and Beaches Go Green.

Beaches is sponsored in part by The Lazzara Family Foundation,  Pet Paradise, Google, and Morgan Stanley.

Tickets and tables for Beaches are available at  Contact Angela de Gregory at or 904.280.0614 X 1203 for more information.

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