At the 31st annual Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts (MCBCA) Awards event, held Nov. 2, Beasley Allen was honored to receive the Frank Plummer Memorial Arts Award. This award recognizes consistent excellence by a business in support of the arts community.

The award is named after one of the founders of the MCBCA, which was established nearly 40 years ago to bring together businesses of all sizes with artists and arts organizations in our community. The MABCA is an affiliate of the National Business Committee for the Arts, which was established in 1967 by David Rockefeller, who at the time was president of Chase Manhattan Bank.

MABCA was the very first affiliate created in the United States, in 1979, after Montgomery businessman and philanthropist Wynton M. “Red” Blount was awarded a National Business in the Arts Award. Blount returned to Montgomery and, along with Bobby Weil, Sr., and Frank Plummer, founded the local MABCA.

The MABCA is a membership organization made up of both large companies and smaller companies and start-ups. There is an annual membership fee based on the number of employees in a company. The organization works to put companies interested in supporting the arts in touch with artists or programs that need sponsorship.

Ashley Ledbetter, who has been Executive Director of MABCA since 2003, explained that the organization provides benefits for both the donors and the recipients of their support:

Involvement in the arts promotes creativity and good community citizenship in the business community, and the arts creates millions of dollars in economic opportunity. It’s good for the community and good for the soul.

The MABCA Awards is an annual luncheon that allows artists and arts organizations to thank businesses that have shown exceptional support. For more information, visit www.MABCA.org. Our firm considers this award to be one of the highest honors that any business could receive. We truly appreciate being selected this year.

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