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OmniArts to honor 8 at April 29 gala

An awardee for drama, Greg Tullis, of Streator, brings the house down during his speech as Omni Arts Executive Director Bill Jankowski laughs behind him at the 2016 event. This year's event is Sunday, April 29.
An awardee for drama, Greg Tullis, of Streator, brings the house down during his speech as Omni Arts Executive Director Bill Jankowski laughs behind him at the 2016 event. This year's event is Sunday, April 29.

Eight honorees are the focus of the third annual OmniArts Honors Awards Gala Sunday, April 29, at Senica’s Oak Ridge golf club ballroom.

“The Omni Honors Awards Gala is a celebration of the finest in local music, dance, theater and visual arts,” said Bill Jankowski, executive director of OmniArts. “We will also be honoring a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Golden Arts Award (posthumous) to two individuals who have had a profound impact on the local arts scene.” A unique multi-talented OmniArtist also will be honored.

The gala will feature hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, cocktails, silent auction items and a ceremony with live performances.

“This is one event anyone who values art, theater, music and dance in our local communities should not miss,” said Jankowski.“It will be a very memorable afternoon for all.”

The 2018 Omni Honors Award recipients are:

Visual Arts Award of Excellence: Dori Thompson, painter, therapist, educator, Mendota

Drama Award of Excellence: Sue Williamson, educator, director, Ottawa; Dave Roden, actor, director, educator, Princeton

Music Award of Excellence: Sue Gillio, musician, educator, Peru

OmniArtist Award of Excellence (multi-talented artist): Bill Myers, educator, storyteller, actor, Ottawa

Dance Award of Excellence: Vicky Benac, teacher, choreographer, La Salle

Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence: BJ Muus, educator, musician, former Ottawa High School choral director, formerly of Ottawa

Golden Arts (Posthumous) Award of Excellence: Ray MaKeever, educator, musician, former band director Ottawa High School

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 2. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at OmniArts.org. Tickets also will be available at the door. Seating is limited and online purchases are highly recommended.

Each honoree has at least 15 years of continuous artistic professionalism in local communities. Award recipients also must show outstanding character, service, reputation and dedication to growing the arts in Starved Rock Country. Recipients were selected from public nominations, as well as from trustees and The Advisory Committee of OmniArts.

Past Omni Honors Award recipients:

Visual Arts Award of Excellence:

David Raccuglia, La Salle (2016)

Laurie Ragan, Ottawa (2016)

Tom Sistak, Ottawa (2016)

Tim Trumbo, Ottawa (2017)

Drama Award of Excellence:

Greg Tullis, Streator (2016)

Joe Ennenbach, La Salle (2016)

Mary Morgan, Ottawa (2017)

Dance Award of Excellence:

Patty Gray, Ottawa (2016)

Donna Mueller, Morris (2016)

Music Award of Excellence:

John Armstrong, Utica (2016)

Michael Pecherek, Oglesby (2016)

Gene Montgomery, Oglesby (2017)

OmniArtist Award of Excellence (multi-talented artist)

Steve Stout, Utica (2017)

Ron McCutchan, Princeton (2017)

Life Time Achievement Award of Excellence:

Roger Amm, Ottawa (2016)

Robert D. Manahan, La Salle (2016)

Evelyn Brue Roeder, Ottawa (2017)

Barbara Lukancic, Spring Valley (2017)

Patron Award of Excellence:

Blouke and Marianne Carus, Peru (2016)

Bob Dieken Family Foundation, Streator (2016)

Edmund Thornton, Ottawa (2017)

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