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Michener Art Museum presents Silverman Award to the Rose Group


The Michener Art Museum Corporate Business Partners’ (CBP) Annual Reception and the presentation of the Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award to the Rose Group celebrates the connections between the arts and the business sector at the annual reception.

A benefit of membership in the CBP program, this signature event joins together over 200 guests in celebration of the region’s leading business supporters and their commitment to the arts.

The highlight of the April evening this year was the presentation of the fifth annual Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award to the Rose Group, owner of several Applebbe’s restaurants, with Jeffrey Warden accepting.

Celebrating the legacy of the museum’s co-founder and one of the business partners’ most ardent advocates, Herman Silverman, the award is given “in recognition of exceptional dedication to the advancement of arts and culture at the Michener Art Museum.”

Kathleen Jameson, executive director, Michener Art Museum opened the business portion of the evening in recognition of the vibrant and engaged roster of corporate business partners which included Melissa Eiseman, advisory board chair, Nick Molloy, vice chair, Binney Silverman, nominating committee chair, advisory board members John Benson, Paul Boger, Glenda Childs, Jason Oszczakiewicz, Robert T. Repko, Bridget Wingert and Jane M. Yeuroukis, and members of the Rose Group, Cathi Chuck, Jason Rose and Warden.

Eiseman spoke to the gathering in gratitude for their endeavors over 30 years.

“We could never have reached this milestone without each and every person in this room tonight,” said Eiseman.

“Thanks to the Rose Group, schools are able to bring their classes to the Michener to enjoy a free docent-led program – customized to their curricular needs – as well as a free pass for a return visit with their families, and a coupon for a free children’s meal at Applebee’s. In this day of vanishing funds for extracurricular activities and field trips, this program has a remarkable impact on the lives and classrooms of schoolchildren from all across our region,” Jameson said.

Accepting the award for the Rose Group, Warden spoke of breaking down financial barriers for school children who might be deprived of a cultural education and reminisced of his earlier days when his brother took him to Italy where he learned firsthand about art.

“We are truly humbled by this award,” said Warden in gratitude.