Charter Oak Cultural Center’s 20th Annual

Vision Awards Gala

Charter Oak Cultural Center invites one and all to its long-awaited 20th Annual Vision Awards Gala, this year honoring our 2021 recipients: Scott O’Keefe, Rachna Ramya Agrawal and State Representative Julio Concepción.

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“Praise” Shanna T. Melton
36”x48”  |  acrylic on stretched canvas

Artwork “Praise” by Shanna T. Melton

Charter Oak Cultural Center’s biggest event of the year!

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:30 PM

About the Gala

Be there to share our excitement as Charter Oak Cultural Center invites one and all to our long-awaited annual Vision Awards celebration, this year honoring our 2021 recipients:

  • Scott O’Keefe — Jewish Heritage
  • Rachna Ramya Agrawal — Arts & Education
  • State Representative Julio Concepcion — Social Justice

Event to include a cocktail reception, delicious dinner, live auction, fabulous entertainment, and other surprises!

More details to be announced.

Rachna Ramya Agrawal — Arts & Education

Performer, choreographer, educator, and a published author, Rachna Ramya Agrawal received a Master’s degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. She also trained in Choreography at the Natya Institute of Choreography in New Delhi, India. In addition to her degrees in dance, Rachna also holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master’s degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University and a senior diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Rachna has won many awards in recognition of her achievements in dance. Currently she is a member of the teaching faculty at Trinity College in Hartford and is also the Artistic Director of the Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance.

State Rep. Julio Concepción — Social Justice

Julio A. Concepción settled in the City of Hartford after graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2004. Currently, Julio serves as the Executive Director of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served 11 years as Vice President of Hartford Partnerships for the MetroHartford Alliance. As Community Liaison and Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Hartford, Julio focused on resolving constituent issues. Julio has a long history of public service including: Chairman of Hartford Crime Stoppers, Chairman of the Young Professionals Taskforce, Majority Leader on Hartford’s Court of Common Council, representative of the 4th District in the CT General Assembly, Grand Marshal of the 2011 Puerto Rican Day Parade. Julio is an active board member of Camp Courant, the Downtown Business Improvement District, Riverfront Recapture and the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT.

Scott O’Keefe — Jewish Heritage

Scott O'Keefe

Scott O’Keefe spent ten years as a Management Consultant reorganizing and optimizing a diverse set of client companies, from a restaurant chain to General Motors. In 1987, he co-founded a commercial construction and project management firm that managed million-plus square foot commercial real estate mergers and reorganizations as well as thousands of projects across the US. He also co-founded a real estate development firm. Scott is proudest that his firm created opportunities for women reentering the work force, minorities, veterans and seasoned professionals who feared that losing their positions after 30 years of dedicated service would leave them with few options. Scott is very happy to assist in the renovation and expansion of Charter Oak Cultural Center. He sees this contribution as an affirmation of his Jewish heritage.

Early Bird Discount!

Save $20 per ticket when you order before August 1!


Regular price: $180 beginning August 1

($160 pp before August 1 / $180 pp after August 1):

Make check payable to:
Charter Oak Cultural Center

Please include your address, email, phone number and dinner selections (chicken, fish, kosher, or vegan/gluten free) and mail to:

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106


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