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October 12, 2005

Awards, applause and lunch for two Symphony supporters.

Pete Cartwright, Symphony Silicon Valley Board Chair and founder and CEO of Calpine Corporation, received the 2005 Arts & Business Award (ABBY) for Individual Business Leadership at a festive awards luncheon hosted by Arts Council Silicon Valley at the Westin Santa Clara on October 7, 2005.  Bowne & Company, Inc. was honored as one of seven nominees for the ABBY for First-Time Business Support, in recognition of its Title Sponsorship of tbe Symphony's December 2004 concert.

The Individual Business Leadership award "recognizes an individual business leader who, by personal example or sustained generosity, has made a significant impact on an arts program or organization in 2003 or 2004.  This individual has demonstrated leadership- and exhibited dedication above and beyond professional responsibilities." 

In its nomination, the Symphony stated:  "Pete Cartwright has donated many hours of his own time as the founding Chairman of the Symphony Board, overseeing the incorporation of the new Symphony and then taking it through its first seasons as an independent entity. Cartwright's vision, business sense, personal and public commitment, and quiet empowerment of both staff and fellow Board members, have all been invaluable.  Most critically, the widespread respect in which he is held has given a newly founded institution credibility with other funders and the community at large.  The corporate support for the Symphony that he has helped to secure, for example, has underwritten eight specific concert series over three seasons. Without Cartwright's irreplaceable leadership, the abundant artistic, educational and community services that the young Symphony already provides Silicon Valley would simply not be available. "

In his acceptance speech, Cartwright thanked the Council, and added that it was the musicians of Symphony Silicon Valley who deserved recognition for their creative services throughout the community.  Among the roughly 500 luncheon guests were Symphony musicians Mike and Elizabeth Corner and Mimi Carlson, as well as Symphony trustees, staff and Advisory Board members, and representatives of Calpine and Bowne.

The ABBY nomination for First-time Business Support "recognizes a business that participated in a project or provided significant first time financial support to the nominating organization in 2003 or 2004."  Symphony Silicon Valley nominated Bowne & Company, Inc., a global leader in financial printing, digital printing and electronic delivery of personalized communications. Lynn Murphy Poole, Vice President of Bowne of Palo Alto, represented Bowne at the Arts Council awards luncheon.

Bowne's  $25,000 Title Sponsorship helped to underwrite the Symphony's first holiday concerts in the California Theatre. This program was especially important as the Symphony's first major collaboration with other performing arts groups (San Jose State University Concert Choir & Chorale).  It was also the first large-scale choral/orchestral concert in the Theatre with the Symphony-designed-and-built orchestra shell.  The Mercury News named Bowne's sponsored concert one of the Bay Area's five best for 2004. 

Arts Council Silicon Valley began the Arts & Business Awards (ABBYs) in 1989 to recognize local corporations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts.  The awards are given approximately every two years.

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