Uptown Theatre Honors to take place Sept. 7

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) today announced the date for the 5th Annual Uptown Theatre Honors. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre, 221 First St. NE, Mount Vernon. This year’s honorees include Dale Beeks, Doug Hanson, Fred and Marion Lehman, Ed Sauter and Amy White.

The honors gala will include tribute speeches, live musical numbers, a photo opportunity and much more.

Tickets to the event are $20 and include a wine-and-appetizer reception with the honorees beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Uptown Theatre Honors, Mount Vernon’s version of the Kennedy Center Honors, began five years ago through fundraising team the A-Go-Gos. The 8-person fundraising group is responsible for raising $17,000 for the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre through the 2013 “Frank Benesh Memorial Uptown Theatre Telethon A-Go-Go!” The group also organized 2014’s “Las Vegas Karaoke Bingo A-Go-Go” and 2015’s “Frank Benesh Memorial Save the Traver Tapes Telethon A-Go-Go!” This year the A-Go-Go volunteer team merged into the CDG volunteer pool, making the Uptown Theatre Honors a CDG event.

“We are thrilled to partner with the A-Go-Gos to continue this important Mount Vernon-Lisbon tradition,” said Joe Jennison, Director of the CDG. “It seems fitting that an event honoring supporters and participants in local art and culture should be a part of CDG’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

“These honorees are the people that continually make our community a great place to live, work and visit,” said Lisa White, Chair of the Uptown Theatre Honors volunteer committee. ”We hope all of the community will show up and show their appreciation for these six honorees and their many contributions to our communities.”

Reservations for the event are available through an online form here: https://forms.gle/JnZfKgj25LWYvQbh8 Attendees will be asked to pay $20 at the door.

Further information about the event is available through Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 or by email at director@visitmvl.com; or Trude Elliott at (319) 895-8060 or by email at danceartsiowa@gmail.com

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG)

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, is a 501c6 nonprofit with a mission “to promote and develop the business community, including but not limited to the Main Street District, and enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.” The CDG exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation. In 2019, CDG and its 503 registered volunteers received the Spirit of Main Street Award from the Governor of Iowa.