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ArtsFund held its 25th annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon Tuesday, recognizing local contributors to the city’s arts and culture scene. Keynote speaker was Ben Cameron, program director for the arts of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Honored at the luncheon:

Benjamin Moore, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s managing director, received the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Moore, the first managing director to win the award, has held that post at Seattle Rep for 27 years. During his tenure, the Rep won a Tony Award for outstanding regional theater, and, notably, has operated with no accumulated deficit.

James and Sherry Raisbeck, philanthropists and major supporters of Cornish College, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, among other local arts organizations, were given the Lifetime Dedication to the Arts award. The Seattle City Council also issued a proclamation, honoring the “enduring contributions” of the couple to the city.

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Steve Kutz, president of Poncho, accepted an award recognizing the 50-year-old organization’s impact on more than 200 arts organizations through $35 million in fundraising. (Poncho, formally known as Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations, ceased operations on April 30 and established a legacy fund at the The Seattle Foundation.)

More than 1,000 people were at the event, held at the Westin Seattle. ArtsFund supports local organizations through leadership, advocacy and grants.

Seattle Times staff

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