Honorees in this category are nominated by the community and are selected for the contributions they have made over the years to the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District. This year’s unsung heroes are:
Charly Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
By day, Charly may be the head scooper at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. But, for the last 15+ years, Charly has been one of the most instrumental advocates for the success of the Short North Arts District. From creating events like HighBall and leading the formation of the Short North Alliance to keeping business owners smiling, Charly’s wit, passion, and leadership have inspired generations of Short North entrepreneurs.
Lori Gum, Stonewall Columbus
Since joining Stonewall Columbus in 2011, Lori has emerged as a devoted advocate for the LGBT community in Columbus. An avid storyteller, Lori had devoted her life to giving voice to those who are often overlooked. Among her accomplishments is her commanding coordination of the annual Pride Festival and her determination in helping LGBT veterans receive honorable discharges.
Dave Weibel, Edward Jones
Dave Weibel has been a behind-the-scenes staple in the Short North Arts District for nearly 20 years. Dave has served not only as volunteer for numerous Short North Arts District events, committees, and causes but also has lent his advice and expertise to small businesses all along High Street. He also plays one mean banjo.