Outstanding Contributions in Arts, Culture and Heritage Honored During the 13th Annual Bravo Awards

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bravo Greater Des Moines honored the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Pyramid Theatre Company and Des Moines Business Record Chairman, Connie Wimer, during the 13th Annual Bravo Awards Gala held Saturday, Feb. 3 at Hy-Vee Hall. Nora Everett, President of Retirement and Income Solutions at Principal Financial Group, and Mary Coffin, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Excellence at Wells Fargo Home Lending, were featured as the gala’s first female honorary co-chairs and welcomed more than 1,500 guests to the annual event.

During the awards ceremony, the Encore Award was presented to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden in recognition of the organization’s longstanding and exceptional contributions to the region’s cultural landscape. Last year alone, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden welcomed 130,000 visitors through its doors. This thriving public garden is proud to cultivate a robust future at the intersection of people, plants and passion. 
Pyramid Theatre Company received the Standing Ovation Award. The Standing Ovation Award honors an organization that has seen tremendous programmatic development and operational excellence over the past one-to-two years. Pyramid Theatre Company was established in 2015 to illuminate the presence of Black artists in theater, and to provide a means of artistic expression to emerging Black voices. The company’s professional training and high-quality productions enrich and enhance Greater Des Moines’ arts scene, bringing to life a vision for the future based on lessons deeply rooted in the past.   

Connie Wimer, regional business leader and entrepreneur, was honored with the Bravo Award at Saturday night’s event. Each year, the Bravo Award is given to an individual, family or foundation whose contribution to the arts has benefited the Central Iowa region. Wimer, one of Bravo’s founding members, continues to influence and inspire the Des Moines area through her publications, her philanthropy and her mentorship. She is the first woman to receive the Bravo Award in the organization’s history.
Awards presented at the annual Bravo Awards Gala recognize organizations and community members that consistently exemplify Bravo’s six guiding values – collaborative, accountable, regional, opportunistic, passionate and inclusive – in their impact on, and support of, arts and culture in Central Iowa. 
In addition to recognition at the Gala, Bravo Greater Des Moines is sponsoring a scholarship to the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute on behalf of Connie Wimer, Nora Everett and Mary Coffin. This scholarship will offer financial assistance to women pursuing or advancing their careers in the arts by attending the Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program. Visit the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’swebsite for more information on nominations and applications.  


About Bravo Greater Des Moines:
Bravo Greater Des Moines works to strengthen arts, culture and heritage organizations across Central Iowa using an accountable, regional and collaborative model to provide funding and support. Using funds contributed by 17 local government partners, Bravo invests in arts, culture and heritage organizations that contribute to and enhance the quality of life in Greater Des Moines for residents and visitors.