OK, so it's not an Olympic medal, but it's still a Pretty Big Deal: Today we announced that Managing Director Susan Medak will receive the 2013 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal from the Berkeley Community Fund at its annual awards dinner on October 4.
Established in 1929, the award -- named after one of the most-admired presidents of the University of California -- honors a person who has made significant long-term contributions to the city of Berkeley. And Susan's commitment to the city extends well beyond theatre.
Says BCF President Jessica Pers, "She was instrumental in revitalizing downtown Berkeley into a vibrant arts district with live theatre, music, and arts education. She was also the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for the Berkeley Unified School District, founding chair of the Berkeley Cultural Trust, and is the current president of the Downtown Berkeley Association.”
“This is a community that takes particular pride in a high level of civic engagement by its citizens,” Susan remarks. “So it is a true honor to be recognized alongside such prestigious past winners when there are so many people who play such an active role in making Berkeley the vibrant and vital place that it is.”
In our book, that's as good as gold.