Festival celebrates Charlottesville founders who have made national, local, and global Impact Downtown Lamppost Banners and Public Award Ceremony at Fall Block Party.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – September 4, 2014 – Tom Tom Founders Festival today launched the 1st annual Founding Cville celebration, honoring 18 local founders chosen from a pool of 120 nominees. These eighteen Founders include artists, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs, all of whom have made outstanding contributions to the Charlottesville community through initiatives that they started and built. Each Founder will be featured on a separate lamppost banner along the Downtown Mall. Full details and an exclusive Q&A with each Founder can be found on 2016.tomtomfest.com. Tom Tom will publicly thank the Founders for their work at a brief award ceremony during its Fall Block Party, September 26th at the McGuffey Art Center.
This is the launch of Tom Tom’s Founding Cville. Selected from a pool of 120 publically submitted nominees, Founding Cville recognizes the founders of global firms such as SNL Financial’s Jessica Nagel, RKG a Merkle Compay’s Alan Rimm-Kaufman, national successes like Crutchfield’s Bill Crutchfield and Starr Hill Brewery’s Mark Thompson, and local innovators such as developer Gabe Silverman and Charlottesville Investment Collaborative’s Wendy Brown.
“Founding Cville talks about the Thomas Jeffersons of today,” explains Paul Beyer, Director of Tom Tom Founders Festival. “The act of Founding transcends just having a good idea, because to realize that idea takes perseverance and teamwork. In that sense, Jefferson’s legacy as a revolutionary leader is more relevant than ever. The founders celebrated in this project show how Charlottesville’s extraordinary history sets the stage for an exceptional future.”
Tom Tom’s Fall Block Party on September 26th at the McGuffey Art Center will be Tom Tom’s 3rd annual end-of-summer bash. In addition to recognizing the honorees of Founding Cville, the event will feature award-winning funk bands, art workshops, aerialist acrobats, local food trucks, a New Belgium craft beer garden, and family activities. Full schedule at 2016.tomtomfest.com. The McGuffey Art Center is located at 201 2nd St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Founding Cville: THE FOUNDERS
Listed alphabetically, interview available upon request
ABOUT TOM TOM FOUNDERS FESTIVAL
Tom Tom is a weeklong, nonprofit spring festival of music, art, and innovation in Charlottesville, VA. It celebrates the world-class ideas, wide-ranging creativity, and the outstanding quality of life that Charlottesville offers. A majority of the programming is free, and connects diverse audiences with the resources to found new visions.
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