Charter Oak Cultural Center’s 20th Annual

December 13, 2021

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.

Event Details and Honorees

Sponsorships and Support


“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!

Monday, December 13, 2021 | 7:00 PM

2021 Vision Awards - Now Virtual

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 – NOW VIRTUAL – this year honoring our 2021 recipients:

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


WHEN: Monday, December 13 at 7pm (New Date!)

WHERE: Party at your house! Host a group of your BFF’s or keep it intimate. Black tie or pajamas, your choice! Stay tuned for details about how entertaining, cozy and delicious we’re planning to make your evening!

WHO: Our emcee Chion Wolf, Rabbi Donna Berman, The 2021 Vision Awards Honorees, Youth Arts Institute and other surprise performers, Auctioneer Jacques Lamarre…AND YOU!

WHY: Why not?! Who doesn’t love a party that keeps us all safe and healthy?



VIP TICKET (Greater Hartford Area): $180 includes dinner delivered to your home (see menu and delivery radius below), virtual admission, program acknowledgement, and online auction access. 

VIP TICKET (Outside Greater Hartford): $125 includes virtual admission, program acknowledgement, and online auction access.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTER: $50 donation includes virtual admission, program acknowledgement, and online auction access.

FREE ADMISSION: Allows virtual admission, participation in online auction, donations gratefully accepted.

VIP Ticket Menu (Greater Hartford Area Only) Includes:

Crunch Romaine Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette. Garnished with oven roasted grapes, pineapple, sundried cranberries and Feta cheese on the side.

Choice of Entree:

Braised Beef Short Ribs, Port Wine Demi. Garnished with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, tender carrots and roasted cremini mushrooms.


Chicken Scaloppine, Chive Demi Glace. Garnished with aged long grain basmati rice,green beans and tender carrots.


Palmini Hearts of Palm Lasagna (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Wild mushrooms Bolognese, garnished with oven roasted Cremini mushrooms, layered with vegan almond mozzarella.


Chocolate Trilogy (comes with Beef or Chicken Entree): Genoise layered with three types of chocolate mousse.

Vegan Cookies (comes with Vegetarian/Vegan Lasagana)

Towns in our delivery radius include:

Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bristol, Canton, Cromwell, East Hartford, East Windsor, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor

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.


Use these hashtags to connect on social media!

#charteroakarts #COCCVision2021 and #CharterOakVision

Sponsorships and Support

Become a sponsor or show your support for our honorees and for Charter Oak. Your generosity will help Charter Oak continue to bring people together through the power and majesty of the arts.

Location – VIRTUAL

Link will be sent to attendees