Foundation Executive Director Tom McGuire accepted.
The Fletcher Foundation made a grant of $2 million to help build the Fletcher Opera Theater as part of the renovation and addition to the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in downtown. Now dubbed the BTI Center for the Performing Arts, the three building complex began construction last year and plans to open in February.
Dr. Assad Meymandi, K.D. Kennedy, the Lichtin Family Foundation and BTI were also honored for their contributions to the performing arts facility.
Capitol Broadcasting and WRAL-TV are major supports of the United Arts Council and sponsored tables at the luncheon. WRAL-TV Anchor Pam Saulsby emceed the event.
Dancer, choreographer, actress and director Debbie Allen served as keynote. Introduced by her brother and local First Union executive Hugh Allen, Allen gave a rousing and inspiring talk about the need for support of the arts and arts education. Allen applauded the United Arts and its supporters for their “sense of real