Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Video Hall of Fame Adds 4 Members

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Video Hall of Fame Adds 4 Members

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Nearly 450 guests packed the Michael's On East Ballroom for the 2013 Community Video Archives Hall of Fame Luncheon. This year's honorees included: Charlie Huisking, Nate Jacobs, Janice Zarro and Isabel Scott Norton.

CVA founder Annette Scherman said that this year's nominees had each made distinctive contributions.

"Each of these people is very different, but they each made such important contributions to our community." She added that the goal of CVA remains "to record and preserve a living history of our community that will inform and inspire others -- a treasured legacy."

Huisking, a Sarasota native, was an arts and entertainment writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for 33 years. He received numerous awards and honors as a journalist, documenting the city's growth into a cultural center. Since retiring, Huisking has become a major donor to several arts and social service organizations.

Huisking, 61, noted that what made the day so special was the number of people who turned out for the event. "It really is a this- is-your-life moment," he said. In his acceptance speech Huisking noted that today was his parents' anniversary. "You couldn't have picked a better day to give me this honor," he said.

Nate Jacobs is best known as founder and artistic director of the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. He has entertained local audiences for more than 25 years, and has volunteered his time and talent in developing young performers' skills.

Jacobs, 50, who is one of 11 children (one sister and nine brothers), said he was very shy when young, and it was under the tutelage of mentors including Dr. Henry Porter, Howard Millman and Christine Jennings that he came to understand his role in the community. "I see endless possibilities," he said. "I am ready to fly through the sky."

Isabel Scott Norton is president of RIN Investments LLC, but devotes much of her time and energies to a variety of organizations including Ringling College of Art and Design, Leadership Florida, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Counsel, Ringling College Library Association, Prevent Blindness Florida and the Sarasota County school system, among others. …

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