Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Out & About

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Out & About

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CVA adds four new inductees

Nearly 400 guests helped Community Video Archives (CVA) celebrate its 25th anniversary at a luncheon at Michael's on East, where CVA welcomed four inductees: David Howard, Carol Poteat Buchanan, Robert Kimbrough and Jay Handelman.

CVA produces, records and preserves living video histories of area residents who have helped shape the Sarasota community.

Among the attendees were Helen McBean, Betty Schoenbaum, Marjorie North, Ben and Judy Handelman, Brian Sidoti, Ann Christensen, Ed Handelman, Linda Poteat Brown, Allen Brown, Iris Buchanan Perry, Ellen Berman, Wendy Resnick, Michael Moore and Susan and Terry Romine.

Following welcomes by event chair Chris Pfahler, and reminiscences of past CVA functions by founder Annette Scherman and past chairs Kathy Schersteen and Bobbie Hamilton, the attention turned to this year's honorees. Guests enjoyed brief videos of each person's life and career.

David Howard, who has worked for more than 50 years as a professional actor, with nearly 40 of those years at the Asolo, told guests "I don't care what I'm getting out of something. I care what I'm giving." About possibly retiring, he quoted Yogi Berra. "It ain't over til it's over," he quipped.

Robert Kimbrough, who has served on numerous boards, including that of the Ringling College of Art and Design, described his journey as "a journey of good fortune." He added, "I have now been relegated to being a historic relic, and I'm enjoying it very much."

Carol Poteat Buchanan has worked for a variety of causes including social diversity, youth education, women's issues, and more. She said that it is "being able to help with causes that I am passionate about that makes me happy."

The final honoree, Jay Handelman, received a special surprise -- a funny and heartfelt video presentation from the Asolo, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and The Players of Sarasota. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune arts writer and theater critic said that when he went to his first Broadway Show, "1776," he "discovered an exciting new world that I wanted to talk about." He said with the many productions in our area, "It's more than one person can keep up with -- unless you are Eva Slane." In conclusion, he said, "I received this recognition for just doing my job. How lucky can a guy get?"

Greenfield Prize

The coveted Greenfield Prize was presented to composer/ percussionist Bobby Previte (in a pre-recorded video presentation), at the Greenfield Prize Dinner at Michael's on East.

The Greenfield Prize is a collaboration between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Greenfield Foundation. The prize is a $30,000 commission that rotates among drama, music and the visual arts.

Among the 160-plus guests were Ilene Denton, Debbi Benedict, Executive Director Bruce Rodgers, Lisa Rubinstein, Renee Hamad, Jane Summerville, Alex Quarles, Eva Slane, Louise Greenfield, Flori Roberts, Michele Redwine, Beverly and Bob Bartner, Joy Naylor, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Nilo Cruz and Ann Patterson. …

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