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Champion Award

2022 Champion Award Recipient: Bob Schifellite

We are pleased to recognize Bob Schifellite as the 2022 recipient of the Inspire Arts & Music Champion Award. Established in 2017, the Champion Award honors individuals who have been extraordinary leaders for the arts and have included notable champions such as Secretary of Labor Marty J. Walsh.

Bob’s philanthropic spirit makes him an exemplary candidate for this award. Throughout his career as President of Investor Communication Solutions at Broadridge, Bob has prioritized philanthropy to support countless causes. Bob serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Long Island Chapter while continuing to support organizations such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and Inspire Arts & Music. Through these actions, Bob remains a leader for the arts in his local community.

“It is a privilege to be recognized by this wonderful organization. My personal thanks to Michael Woodall for sharing his passion for Inspire Arts & Music – as it has become my passion,” said Bob Schifellite. “Right now, we all need a lift from music and arts – and it is ever more special when it is provided by our youth. Broadridge and I are delighted to be a part of it.”

We are proud to honor Bob’s endless support and generosity at our 9th annual Concert in the Park on June 21st at Norman B. Leventhal Park.

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Arts. Special attention is given to those who have spent their lives influencing and impacting youth through the arts. Inspire Arts & Music values the selfless giving of heart and mind of the tremendous individuals who are recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, we are proud to recognize Catherine Connor-Moen, Director of Fine Arts at Norwood Public Schools and Eileen Cunningham, Director at St. Ann’s Colorguards, as our 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients.

Catherine Connor-Moen – Director of Fine Arts, Norwood Public Schools

Catherine Connor-Moen – newly retired as of June 2022 – has a distinguished career at all levels from performance, to teaching and conducting, to adjudicating and administrating. She has extensive experience as a choral conductor, having directed school, church, and community choirs for over thirty years. Ms. Connor-Moen’s choirs have received numerous awards, both at the state and national level, and have performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Most recently, her chamber choir Amici Cantores was featured on the first season of WGBH’s Sing That Thing!

Ms. Connor-Moen received her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from Boston University and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Currently, Ms. Connor-Moen is the Director of Fine Arts for the Norwood Public Schools where she supervised a comprehensive K-12 program in the fine and performing arts. In addition, she is a Past President of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), has served on the executive board of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), and was honored to be the recipient of their 2005 Paul Smith Hall of Fame Award. She has been a guest conductor for many area music festivals, including New Hampshire Jazz All-State, Massachusetts Northeast, Central and Western Senior District Festivals, and SEMSBA.

Beyond the numerous professional accomplishments, Ms. Connor-Moen’s legacy extends to the thousands of students who have turned into successful, happy, adults – many with families of their own now. She instilled a love of music and a sense of community within her performing groups that has been everlasting. Her “kids” continue to assemble and sing, socialize, and support each other. There is no greater example of using music as a platform to instill discipline, selflessness, accountability, excellence, and creativity than the career of Catherine Connor-Moen.

Eileen Cunningham – Director, St. Ann’s Colorguards

Eileen Cunningham has dedicated her life to providing a safe, educational, and creative environment to thousands of local performers who have participated in the St. Ann’s, Neponset, Color Guard program. Her mother was a Majorette in the St. Ann’s guard from Neponset, Mass., and Eileen joined in 1965. She has been involved with the organization ever since, touching thousands of lives in the process. Eileen has been recognized locally and at the highest international level, becoming a member of the Winterguard International (WGI) Hall of Fame in 2019.

After serving as an instructor for years, Eileen took over as St. Ann’s Guard Director in 1992. Since their first WGI World Championships Finals appearance in 1987, St. Ann’s guards have placed as a finalist an amazing 28 times, including five WGI World Championships titles (1996, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2015). Under her leadership, the organization had an unprecedented eight-year run with multiple guards in Finals from 1995-2002. In 1998, alone, St. Ann’s had three groups in World Championships Finals.

Beyond the well deserved competitive successes and accolades, Eileen has always been fiercely committed to teaching the lessons and values of teamwork, discipline, leadership, compassion and empathy to all of her students. She was much more than a Guard Director to her students. She was a mentor, extended family member, parent, coach, and confidant. Her career and legacy can be measured on and off the performing floor as she took young people, achieved incredible success in guard, and then watched them become young adults, mothers, fathers, teachers, and civic leaders.

Eileen has served her local community and served in leadership roles within the WGI and Guard community.

Previous Champion Award Recipients

2021 - Raj and Padma Vattikuti

2021
Raj and Padma Vattikuti
Vattikuti Foundation

2020 - Jim and Cathy Stone

2020
Jim and Cathy Stone
James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation

2019 - Bob Reynolds

2019
Robert Reynolds
CEO, Putnam

2018 - Jay Hooley

2018
Jay Hooley
CEO, State Street

2017 - Martin J. Walsh

2017
Martin J. Walsh
Mayor, City of Boston

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

2021 - Mary Flannery

2021
Mary Flannery
RAW Art Works

2021 - Dolores Zappala

2021
Dolores Zappala
Blessed Sacrament Colorguard

2020 - Marietta Phinney

2020
Marietta Phinney
Riverside Theatre Works

2020 - Paul Pitts

2020
Paul Pitts
Boston Latin School