Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 6:00 - 10:00pm
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St

Celebrate and support the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District in one deliciously unforgettable evening.

The Short North Alliance is pleased to announce that it will honor seven individuals and groups at the 11th Annual Short North Gala, presented by Borror. Honoree categories are: District Legacy, Unsung Heroes, Business Beacon, Community Partner, and Architectural Star. Click here for more details and ticketing information.

This year’s honorees and the individual award categories are described below.


Honorees in this category made lasting contributions to the Short North Arts District through their life and service.

John Fleming (1970-2016)
John T. Fleming was the CEO of Superior Beverage Group located in the Short North Harrison West Neighborhood. Having worked for nearly 30 years in the beverage distribution industry, John was beloved by everyone in the industry and a mentor to countless small business owners, including many in the Short North Arts District. The impact of his generosity and commitment to our community continues
to be felt daily. John passed away in December 2016.


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: 

Kevin and Lu Brammer, Volunteers for ComFest, Pride, and HighBall Halloween 
For over a decade, the husband and wife team of Kevin and Lu Brammer have committed virtually all of their free time to volunteering and organizing huge aspects of some of the Short North’s most recognizable events. From managing volunteers, to running beverages services, to implementing new programs to ensure that our neighborhood events adopt greener practices - Kevin and Lu lead a life of service with spunk and a smile.  

Marc Conte, Victorian Village Commissioner
Marc Conte is a dedicated and committed member of the Short North community. Having lived in the neighborhood since 1997 and serving on the Victorian Village Commission since 2002, he is an important caretaker of the neighborhood. Now as Commission chair, Marc works to approach that role with fairness and a deep sense of responsibility. Marc also serves as a champion for public transportation and equity through his service with numerous non-profit organizations. And he even finds time to march in the Capital Pride Band’s Drum Line and swim with Ohio Splash. 

Susan McGeean, Hubbard Mastery School
Although Susan has only been active in the Short North community since the Hubbard Mastery School opened in 2014, she has been a force in our community and her work with the school has been transformational. From building an active PTA which leads numerous community-serving projects to creating school festivals and events which connect the school to the business and residential community, Susan has reinvented the role of Elementary School Principal from that of administrator to community ambassador.


Honorees in this category have served as catalysts to bring a broad range of visitors to the District, and have inspired others to invest in and nurture the Short North Arts District.

Mukha Custom Cosmetics and Medi-Spa
When Tim Mauer and Sanito Mendoza opened Mukha Custom Cosmetics and Medi-Spa nearly 15 years ago in the Short North Arts District, they were among a smaller group of business owners who began to infill the northern areas of the Short North Arts District. Today, Mukha is a neighborhood mainstay and a signature, Short North destination business that services
everyone from the resident around the corner to major celebrities with equal care and artistic detail.


Honorees in this category have deep collaborations with the Short North Arts District, resulting in significant advancement of the District’s quality of life.

Shortly after Columbus’ alternative station opened, CD102.5 (then CD101.1) started broadcasting from the Gallery Hop in the summer of 1992 from Ambrosia Gallery. While the location may have changed, their presence at Gallery Hop and their commitment to supporting, showcasing, and promoting art, artists, events, and small businesses has never ceased. Throughout it all, station owner Randy

Malloy has been the promotional champion for the Short North. Malloy’s conviction, passion, and unabashed love for our community can never be overstated.


Honorees in this category have contributed substantially to the architectural quality, preservation, or design of the Short North Arts District. 

Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority for the Greater Columbus Convention Center Renovation, Expansion, and Public Art Program
When the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority set out to remake the Greater Columbus Convention Center, they could have simply stopped with upgrading their facilities to better meet the needs of convention goers. But, instead they chose to redefine the gateway into the Short North Arts

District with impressive architectural additions, streetscape improvements, loads of new parking, and a significant investment in over 200 public artworks. Together, the team at the FCCFA and Greater Columbus Convention Center have personalized the facilities so that millions of visitors to Columbus can feel more connected to the Short North at every turn.

Tickets to the Short North Gala are on sale now. Click here for more information or to purchase single tickets or tables. For questions, call Melanie Kortyka at (614) 299.8050 or email

High resolution headshots are available upon request.

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