The Vision Awards Gala

The Vision Awards Gala


To all our friends and supporters, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our 2018 Vision Awards Gala A HUGE Success!

We raised over $140,000 and had a marvelous time.

We hope to see you all at our 2019 Vision Awards Gala. Check back soon for the date because you won’t want to miss it!

Monday, May 14, 2018
Master of Ceremonies: John Dankosky

Join us for a magical evening at the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s 17th Annual Vision Awards Gala! Get out your dancing shoes, dust off your favorite outfit and mark Monday, May 14, 2018 on your calendar. Our Gala has a well-earned reputation for being one of Hartford’s most fun parties, for being an inspirational night, for being both warm and elegant.

This event is guaranteed to lift your spirits, nourish your heart and remind you of how wonderful it feels to be together, not just to party, but to support a good and noble cause.

The evening includes performances by our students, dance music by the beloved Hartford chanteuse, Charmagne Tripp who will be accompanied by none other than MASS-CONN-Fusion! There will be an open bar, live music during our cocktail party by Smokin’ Mirrors, a fun live auction facilitated by our Emcee, John Dankosky, and some lovely surprises that you won’t want to miss.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, is our Honorary Chair and we are honoring three bold, courageous, creative, brilliant community leaders with our 2018 Vision Awards: Rabbi Debra Cantor, Daniel Salazar and Dr. Curtis D. Robinson.

Where: The Hartford Marriott Downtown
When: 5:30 PM
How: Tickets are $180

It will be a great night! All we need is you!

Our 2018 Vision Award Honorees

Rabbi Debra Cantor | Vision Award in Jewish Heritage

Rabbi Debra Cantor is the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom in Bloomfield, CT. A member of the first Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School class to include women, Rabbi Cantor served as Executive Director of Camp Ramah and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hebrew College. This past year, Rabbi Cantor founded the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning. Rabbi Cantor has lectured widely and has contributed articles to many publications and several books. She is also an accomplished artist who enjoys exploring Torah and Jewish ideas through collage and mixed media art. She is currently working on a picture book about her father’s adventures growing up on a chicken farm in Ellington, CT.

Daniel Salazar | Vision Award in Arts and Education

Daniel Salazar has distinguished himself as an acclaimed performing artist, composer and educator. Praised internationally for his warm and virtuosic playing, his performances have been enjoyed by international audiences on stage, television and radio. In 1993, Daniel founded Guitar Under the Stars, a large-scale outdoor concert production to share his musical vision with large audiences. Through Salazar’s efforts, the event has always been free and open to the entire community. He was a founding member and served as long-time Artistic Director for The Connecticut Guitar Society. For his role as a dedicated educator, Daniel was awarded The 2017 Fund For Teachers Professional Development Award and a 2015 National Artist Teacher Fellowship.

Dr. Curtis D. Robinson | Vision Award in Social Justice

Dr. Curtis Robinson is the cofounder and Chairman of the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity, an innovative partnership between Saint Francis Hospital and Hartford area religious and community organizations aimed at improving health in the minority community and addressing the racial disparities in the minority community. Since 2010, the Center has reached over 10,000 men and women and over 50 lives have been saved from prostate cancer. He and his wife, Sheila Durant-Robinson, established the Curtis and Sheila Robinson Foundation, focusing on ending domestic violence, HIV-AIDS, poverty and addressing health disparities. Dr. Curtis sits on many boards including Trinity Health of New England, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Connecticut Hospital and The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

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