A St. Lawrence graduate who has worked as an advocate for the arts will receive a prestigious award for that work.

Lucy Tower Funke '56, of New Berlin, New York, will receive the M. Jacquie Lodico distinguished service award from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations on November 27, at a "Celebrate The Arts In New York State" ceremony held at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. The award will be presented by Kitty Carlisle Hart, who received an honorary degree from St. Lawrence in 1992.

The Alliance states, "Lucy Tower Funke is a most familiar name, not only in Chenango County, but also within the entire State of New York as a tireless advocate for the arts. She began her tenure as Executive Director with the Chenango County Council of the Arts in 1981, and by the time of her retirement from the Arts Council in 1999, she had become a venerable and distinguished member of the Alliance, along with many other statewide efforts. Her services has included the Advisory Committee of the New York State Arts & Cultural Coalition, the New York State Peer Advisor Program, the New York State Council on the Arts as a panelist for both the Local Arts Partnership Program and the New York State Council on the Arts Appeal. Her community efforts have included Board of Directors seats on the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce; an overflow of involvement with education councils, two arts festival events, and has served as a Rotary International Program Chair, and on the Leadership Chenango Administrative Council, United Way Senior Citizens Funding Committee, and the Chenango Non-profit Leadership Forum. The most permanent record of her legacy is the restoration and renovation of a 500-seat arts theater in Norwich. Lucy is currently serving as Director of The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, awarding grants to individual professional artists and arts organizations working with artists. She has been a vital contributor from its inception and has been guiding its mission for the last three years."

Funke, who earned her St. Lawrence degree in French, is a member of the University's Alumni Executive Council.

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