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Pioneer Awards

Pioneer Awards

Join us for the 11th Annual Pioneer Awards honoring Colin G. Campbell and Robert W. Cross.

You are cordially invited to the 11th Annual Pioneer Awards, as WHRO honors Colin G. Campbell and Robert W. Cross. For the 11th consecutive year, WHRO will present its Pioneer Award to two individuals whose service to the people of Hampton Roads exemplifies the best of community engagement.

The Pioneer Awards will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and will include cocktails and a silent auction, a seated dinner, an awards presentation, musical entertainment.

6:00pm – Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:00pm – Dinner
8:00pm – Awards Presentation
9:00pm – Reception with Dancing and Entertainment
Cocktail Attire

Sponsorships, tables, individual tickets, silent auction donations, and congratulatory ads are available; please contact Laura Payne, Special Events Manager, at 757-889-9419 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

Our Honorees
Colin CampbellColin Campbell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since April 2000. He was elected a member of the foundation’s Board of Trustees in 1989 and served as its chairman from 1998 to February 2008. Before beginning his work with the foundation,he served as Chairman of Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), president of the Rockefeller Brothers
Fund, president of Wesleyan University for 18 years, vice president of the Planning and Government Affairs Division of the American Stock Exchange, and an associate at the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Connecticut. He’s a graduate of Cornell University, and earned a law degree from Columbia Law School. He has received honorary degrees from 11 colleges and universities, and he received the
DeWitt Clinton Medal from the New-York Historical Society.

Mr. Campbell has a long history of community engagement, including serving as the vice chair of the steering committee and member of the management committee of Jamestown 2007, and on the boards of several educational and nonprofit organizations. He served with distinction on the WHRO Board of Directors, as an active member of the Governance and Nominating Committees.

Rob CrossRob Cross has served as Executive and Artistic Director of the Virginia Arts Festival since launching the initiative in 1995. Today, VAF is one of the most successful ventures in Hampton Roads, having contributed $9.2 million to the local economy in 2012, and generating $17.3million statewide in direct and indirect expenditures – in addition to giving the people of southeastern Virginia the opportunity to see a wide variety of world class performances at venues in their own communities. A graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mr. Cross joined the Virginia Symphony in 1981 and has been principal percussionist since 1987. He has also served the Symphony as Personnel Manager, Artistic Administrator, Orchestra Manager, Interim Executive Director and General Manager. He has recorded for Northeastern Records, New Albion, NPR Classics, CD Review, and Albany Records.

Mr. Cross is a member of the Festevents Board of Directors, VisitNorfolk Board of Directors, the TowneBank Board of Directors, the Downtown Norfolk Council Board of Directors and the New England Conservatory Board of Visitors. He is a former member of the WHRO Board of Directors.



Ticket and Sponsorship Information
We hope you will join us for this worthwhile evening. All proceeds benefit WHRO and are dedicated to ensuring the longevity of public broadcasting and education initiatives in Hampton Roads. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available with a variety of benefits starting at $500. Corporate and congratulatory event program ads are also available for sale. Individual tickets are $150. For more information contact Laura Payne, Special Events Manager, at (757) 889-9419 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sponsors

Grand Benefactor
$10,000

Ferguson Enterprises | Norfolk Southern Corporation | TowneBank

Platinum
$5,000

City of Norfolk
Hunton & Williams
Kaufman & Canoles, PC
Gold
$2,500

Bay Diesel
Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park
City of Virginia Beach
College of William and Mary Foundation
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Dalis Foundation
David & Susan Goode
Huntington Ingalls
UBS Financial Services / Atlantic Wealth Management
Silver
$1,000

Anonymous
The Honorable Gerald L. and Mrs. Robin Deal Baliles
BB&T
Birdsong Peanuts
Christopher Newport University
Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts
City of Williamsburg
Divaris Real Estate, Inc.
Buzzy and Jo Ann Hofheimer
KPMG, LLP
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Light
Dr. & Mrs. Edward Lilly
MacArthur Center
Missions Possible
Old Point National Bank/ Old Point Trust
PBMares, LLP
Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia
The Perry Family
Thomas Nelson Community College
Virginia Natural Gas
Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC
Mr. & Mrs. John O. Wynne
Zel Technologies, LLC
Bronze
$500

Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Aaron
Abbitt Management, LLC
Austin-Decher Group at Morgan Stanley
Charles & Mari Ann Banks
Roslyn & Robert Brown
Cape Henry Rotary
CI Travel
City of Newport News
Coliseum Central Business District
Joe S. and Jane Susan Frank
Fulton Bank
Dr. Michael Graham, Maria Zammit and The Orthopedic Center for Foot & Ankle
Harrison & Lear, Inc.
Connie and Marc Jacobson
Dr. & Mrs. Edward Karotkin
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Kiley
The Mansbach Foundation
Newport News IDA/EDA
James & Janell Nickols
Ross & Sylvia Payne
David L. Peebles
Rik & Suzanne Rikkola
Dr. Robert & Judy Rubin
Molly & Tommy Rueger
Conway & Kay Sheild
TFA Benefits
Guy & Winship Tower
Virginia Fundraising Consultants/ Virginia Thumm
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Alan & Jody Wagner
Jeanne Zeidler

 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
Please click here (PDF) for a downloadable version of the sponsorship levels, or complete and return a Sponsorship Form (DOC). For more information on becoming a Pioneer Awards Sponsor, please contact Laura Payne, Special Events Manager, at (757) 889-9419 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Grand Benefactor ($10,000)

  • 10 Gala Tickets - Superior Seating
  • Introduction of entertainment from event stage
  • Full page color ad in program, inside cover (dist. - approx. 500 attendees)
  • Logo on invitation front (dist. - 5,000)
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo recognition in pre and post-event Dimensions, WHRO's Member Guide (dist. - 30,000)
  • Logo recognition in at least three WHRO E-Newsletters (dist. - 12,000)
  • Logo on WHRO website (approx. 31,000 hits per month)

*On-Air recognition
*On-Air recognition includes 15 second mentions on WHRO HD 15.1 (also includes company logo on screen), WHRV 89.5 FM, and WHRO 90.3 FM. TV and radio spots will run at least once per day on each of the above mentioned stations beginning February 15, 2013 - March 31, 2013 (a minimum of 138 spots).

Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)

  • 10 Gala Tickets - Superior Seating
  • Full page color ad in program (dist. - approx. 500 attendees)
  • Recognition on invitation (dist. - 5,000)
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Recognition in post-event Dimensions, WHRO's Member Guide (dist. - 30,000)
  • Recognition on at least 1 WHRO E-Newsletter (dist. - 12,000)
  • Recognition on WHRO website (approx. 31,000 hits per month)

Gold Sponsor ($2,500)

  • 6 Gala Tickets - Preferred Seating
  • 1/2 page black and white ad in event program (dist. - approx. 500 attendees)
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Recognition on WHRO website approx. 31,000 hits per month)

Silver Sponsor ($1,000)

  • 4 Gala Tickets - Preferred Seating
  • 1/4 page black and white ad in event program (dist. - approx. 500 attendees)
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Recognition on WHRO website (approx. 31,000 hits per month)

Bronze Sponsor ($500)

  • 2 Gala Tickets - Preferred Seating
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Recognition on WHRO website (approx. 31,000 hits per month)

Tickets
Individual Tickets: $150
Table of 10: $1,500

Questions? Contact Laura Payne, Special Events Manager at 757.889.9419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The WHRO Pioneer Awards are given to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant and lasting contributions in the fields of public broadcasting and educational telecommunications, and who have improved the quality of life in the Hampton Roads community.

Proceeds from the Pioneer Awards support WHRO’s local programming and education initiatives, and enable us to produce programs such as “The Norfolk 17 – Their Story,” a poignant documentary that will air on February 2nd on WHRO-TV15 about 17 brave young men and women who integrated Norfolk Public Schools fifty years ago.

In1957, Norfolk Public Schools began an experiment in teaching by television. Four years later, Vincent J. Thomas and Hunter B. Andrews, School Board Chairs of Norfolk and Hampton, established WHRO-TV by a handshake agreement – and the FCC awarded a license to operate channel 15, Virginia’s first non-commercial, educational television station.

No one could have imagined just how far that handshake would reach, but every school system, student, educator and citizen of Hampton Roads have benefited from it. Today, WHRO is a vibrant public service media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship through a variety of telecommunications services. Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to 89.5 WHRV FM, 90.3 WHRO FM, WHRO TV15, WHRO WORLD, WHRO KIDS, WHRO CREATE, and the WHRO VOICE. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well. WHRO continues to employ creativity and technology to engage, enlighten and entertain the citizens of Hampton Roads.

Recipients

2004: Hunter B. Andrews and Vincent J. Thomas
2005: Gerald L. Baliles and Dr. G. William Whitehurst
2006: David R. and Susan S. Goode
2007: Raymond B. Bottom, Jr., Dorothy Rouse-Bottom and Dr. Robert M. Rubin
2008: ACCESS College Foundation
2009: Lois Saunier Hornsby and John R. Morison
2010: The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine and The Honorable A. Linwood Holton, Jr.
2011: WHRO - Honored for 50 Years of Excellence!
2012: Angelica D. and Henry D. Light
2013: Jack Ezzell, Jo Ann & Robert G. "Buzzy" Hofheimer, Jr.
2014: Colin G. Campbell and Robert W. Cross


WHRO, Attn: Pioneer Awards
5200 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23508

Laura Payne, Special Events Manager
Phone: (757) 889-9419 or via
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.