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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.

Our Honorees

Colin 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 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. 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). 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

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.


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 Phone: (757) 889-9400