2013 Key To The City Award
Posted by Katie Danner
John Cramer and the Waukesha Civic Theatre received the 2013 Waukesha “Key to the City Award,” which is considered the highest form of municipal honor! It was presented for outstanding contributions to the Waukesha community.
“The practice of presenting a Key to the City to an individual may be traced back to medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by walls and locked gates. Back then the key symbolized free entry. Today the presentation honors people and organizations for their outstanding civic contributions, and symbolizes that the city is at their service.
“As a citizen Mayor, and custodian for the city residents, I am humbled to give these keys to the following 12 2013 recipients, whom have my utmost respect and whom deserve this recognition. Their contributions have further stabilized the family values of Waukesha — values of empathy, responsibility and creativity. They have carried out these values with strength to proactively build a brighter future — a brighter future for ourselves and for our children,” Scrima said. Mayor Scrima has been giving the award for the past three years.
Mayor Scrima chose John and WCT to receive the award because the work done at the Waukesha Civic Theatre “reminds us all that as different as we might think we are, we all share a universal human experience. Mr. Cramer is personal, funny and touching. They enrich, challenge and make our community smile.”
John has been the Managing Artistic Director at WCT since June 2003. When he started at the theatre, we were open 22 weeks of the year, producing six Mainstage shows, one holiday show, and two PlayMakers shows (approximately 80 performances). We had a small, inconsistent theatre arts education program offering one or two classes a year.
Today we are open 46 weeks of the year, producing eight Mainstage shows, two ACAP PlayMakers shows, three Education and Outreach shows, and presenting seven to fifteen Random Acts of Entertainment (approximately 130 performances). Our theatre arts education program is now a full year program, with more than forty classes offered every year, and a robust outreach program offering classes and workshops in the community for schools, community centers, arts centers, and more.
We are not the only ones working to make Waukesha such an outstanding place to live, work, and play, however. Over the past three years, many of Waukesha’s most prominent citizens, businesses, and organizations have been honored with the Key to the City Award.
Other Recipients Include:
Jesús (Jesse) Mireles
Karen Tredwell and the Waukesha Food Pantry
Chris Becker and the Waukesha YMCA
Jerry and Judie Couri
Kerry and Terry Mackay
Dr. Amy Schley
John Cramer and the Waukesha Civic Theatre
CEO Peter Davis and Gaco Western
Principal Lisa Kovaleski and Waukesha Catholic School System
Rev. Paul B. R. Hartmann and Catholic Memorial High School
Larry Blanton and MetalTek International
Chief Russell Jack and the Waukesha Police Department
Steve Crandell – Director Community Development
Ron Grall – Director Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dept
Rick Congdon – Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity
John M. Schoenknecht – Historian
Roger Igielski – Allo! Chocolat owner and WDBA president
Nancy Major – Executive Director Safe Babies, Healthy Families
Renee Ramirez – Executive Director Waukesha Community Dental Clinic
Thom Farrell – President – SPX Transformer Solutions
Page Remmers – Executive Director Waukesha Community Art Project
Todd Gray – Superintendent Waukesha School District
Brian White – President GE Waukesha Gas Engines
Majors Ronald and Carol Lemirand of the Waukesha Salvation Army
Fire Chief Allen LaConte
Library Director Jane Ameel
Andrea and Tony Bryant
Susan Edwards and ProHealth Care
President Doug Hastad and Carroll University
Ty Taylor and Waukesha State Bank
Anselm Villarreal and La Casa de Esperanza
The Taylor and People’s Park Family
Look for the award and John in our lobby the next time you’re at a show. Without your support and patronage, we couldn’t do what we do. See you at the Theatre!
Posted on December 24, 2013, in Staff, Waukesha Civic Theatre and tagged CEO Peter Davis and Gaco Western, Chief Russell Jack and the Waukesha Police Department, Chris Becker and the Waukesha YMCA, Dr. Amy Schley, Gregg Wandsneider, Jerry and Judie Couri, Jesús (Jesse) Mireles, John Cramer and the Waukesha Civic Theatre, Karen Tredwell and the Waukesha Food Pantry, Kerry and Terry Mackay, Key to the City Award, Larry Blanton and MetalTek International, Principal Lisa Kovaleski and Waukesha Catholic School System, Rev. Paul B. R. Hartmann and Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha Civic Theate. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on 2013 Key To The City Award.
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