2008 BCAC’s Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Awards

For his long-term contributions to the arts in Broome County, Peyton Hibbitt was honored with the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fifth Annual Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration held October 8, 2007 at the Forum Theatre Recital Hall in Downtown Binghamton. For their contributions to the arts during the past year, Bruce Borton, Yvonne Lucia and Paul Stapel were honored with 2008 Heart of the Arts Awards. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the arts in our community!


Peyton Hibbitt
Co-founder & Artistic Director Emeritus of Tri-Cities Opera




Bruce Borton Director of Graduate Studies in Music, Binghamton University

Yvonne Lucia Artist, arts advocate & educator

Paul Stapel Former Executive Director, The ART Mission & Theatre, musician, impressario

*2008 Award Sponsors
Coughlin & Gerhart LLP
IBM Corporation
Frederick R. Xlander Law Offices

Congratulations to All!

The BCAC also congratulates Heart of the Arts Award nominees: Valerie Gable, volunteer with the Endicott Performing Arts Center and Fred Weiss, dancer, choreographer and Professor of Theatre at Binghamton University. We thank you for all for all that you do to enrich our community through your commitment to the arts, culture and quality entertainment.

See the event yourself!

A slide show, showing photos of members of the BCAC doing what they do best, was shown during the ceremony. It is now available on-line Here!. Photos were provided by the various artists and arts organizations.Photos of the Pre-Ceremony VIP Reception and the Awards Ceremony can be seen Here!. Photos were provided by Edward Palmer of Pilgrim Photography.

Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Chronology


Lifetime Achievement Awards:
  • Armondo Dellasanta, Painter
  • Bill Nurse, Lighting Technician
Heart of the Arts Awards:
  • Andy Horowitz, President & Director, Galumpha International Touring Dance Company
  • Orazio Salati, Painter, Arts Educator, Gallery owner
  • Stephen Wilson, Executive Director, Binghamton Philharmonic


Lifetime Achievement Awards:
  • Anne Boyer Cotton, Founder, Madrigal Choir of Binghamton
  • Dick & Noni Smith, Director/Actor, Cider Mill Playhouse
Heart of the Arts Awards:
  • Don DeMauro, Director, Spool Mfg. Contemporary Artspace
  • Patrick Foti, Artistic Director, Endicott Performing Arts Center
  • Larry Kassan, Director, Rod Serling Video Festival


Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Albert Nocciolino, Theatre Producer, President, NAC Enterprises, Ltd./Broadway Theatre League
  • Marcella Swartz, Artist & Arts Educator
Heart of the Arts Awards
  • Sherry Eaton, President, Gorgeous Washington Street Association
  • Jose Luis Novo, Conductor/Musical Director, Binghamton Philharmonic
  • Ellen Kodadek, CEO, Southern Tier Celebrates!

**2004 Inaugural Heart of the Arts Awards**

  • John Bielenberg, co-founder Cider Mill Playhouse, former chairman Binghamton University Theatre Department
  • Irene Kanazawich, Pianist/Accompanist
  • Ted Whipple, Painter