It is one of the grand holiday events of the year in Orange County. The annual Business Committee for the Arts awards presentation and dinner unfolded last week in Newport Beach. Honors were bestowed upon three outstanding citizens, David Emmes, Martin Benson and Judith O’Dea Morr, for their significant career contributions to the Orange County cultural landscape.
Emmes and Benson, co-founders of South Coast Repertory Theater in 1964, have been nationally recognized as the creative force behind one of America’s leading theatrical organizations. O’Dea Morr has served the community for 21 years as the executive vice president of the Orange County Performing Artscenter bringing some of the world’s most acclaimed performances to the region.
In addition to the arts awards, the ceremony, which took place at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel in Fashion Island, recognized a variety of businesses and their executives for ongoing contributions to culture. Accolades went to The Aura Group, Crevier BMW, the Capital Group Companies, Merrill Lynch, Automobile Club of Southern California, Cartier Inc., South Coast Plaza, Tiffany & Co., Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank and Narratus, Inc.