COTA Awards

Fred Waring Award

     The Fred Waring Award was initiated by Rick Chamberlain in COTA’s second year. It is given annually to honor each recipient’s ‘outstanding contributions to the arts and the community’.

2017 – Erica Golaszewski
2016 – Marty Wilson
2015 – Suspended in honor of Rick Chamberlain
2014 – The Deer Head Inn: Mary Carrig, Denny Carrig & Bob Mancuso
2013 – In Memory of Virginia Waring

2012 – Michael & Elvi DeLotto
2011 – Molly Whalen & Joe Ashcroft
2010 – Spencer Reed
2009 – Bob Bush
2008 – Eric Doney
2007 – Jim Dellaria
2006 – Numa Snyder
2005 – Dorothy Hauser
2004 – Bob Hartman
2003 – Susan Wilson
2002 – Kent & Lois Heckman
2001 – David Liebman
2000 – George Graham
1999 – Laura Goss
1998 – Chris & Dona Soliday
1997 – Bette Bowman
1996 – Suspended in honor of Bob Lehr
1995 – Karen Nickels
1994 – Susan Bradford
1993 – Maxwell T. Cohen
1992 – Antoine Dutot School & Museum
1991 – Bill Cohea
1990 – Patrick Dorian
1989 – Rick Chamberlain
1988 – In memory of Al Cohn
1987 – Wolfgang Knittel
1986 – Phil Woods
1985 – Carol Dorshimer & Jill Goodwin
1984 – Todd Mann
1983 – John Coates Jr.
1982 – In memory of Ed Joubert
1981 – Bob & Fay Lehr
1980 – Bob Dorough
1979 – Fred M. Waring Sr.

Sterling & Dorothy Strauser Award

     The Sterling & Dorothy Strauser Award was created in 1989 to honor artistic contributions in the visual arts. Sterling Strauser (the award’s first recipient) and his wife Dorothy Strauser have long been acknowledged for their excellence as painters and for their generosity towards young and emerging artists. The award honors each recipient who has demonstrated excellence in the arts and has shared his or her insights and inspiration by always encouraging creativity.

2017 – Andrea Robbins-Rimberg
2016 – Paul Smeltz
2015 – Suspended in honor of Rick Chamberlain
2014 – Joni Oye Benintende
2013 – Penny Ross

2012 – Suspended in honor of Bob Doney
2011 – Barbara Robinson
2010 – James Gloria
2009 – Liz Pemberton
2008 – Jill Elizabeth
2007 – Nancy Bohm
2006 – Dawn & Steve Linden
2005 – Jan Selving
2004 – Jim Wyckoff
2003 – Dorothy Strauser
2002 – Fred Beaver
2001 – David Coulter
2000 – Andrea Levergood
1999 – Walter bredel
1998 – Ellen Garrett
1997 – Alan & Helen Weichman
1996 – Suspended in honor of Bob Lehr
1995 – Jamie Downs
1994 – Shirley Gilmore
1993 – Peter Salmon
1992 – Gerta Harriton
1991 – Bob Doney
1990 – Nancy Hebard
1989 – Sterling Strauser

Joanne Mayer Award

     The Joanne Mayer Award was created in 1991 in memory of long-time volunteer Joanne Mayer to honor the COTA volunteer spirit.

2017 – Joanie Samra
2016 – Longevity (given to all volunteers of 10 years or more)
2015 – Suspended in honor of Rick Chamberlain
2014 – Cheryl Joubert
2013 – Connie Walck
2012 – Brian & Anita Labar

2011 – Pat & Terry Gaughan
2010 – Allisen Trotter
2009 – Randy Shumaker
2008 – Gloria & Mert Shane
2007 – Gary Berger
2006 – Kevin Haines
2005 – Tim Snow
2004 – Tim Helman
2003 – Ron & Norma Hart
2002 – Wayne MacWilliams
2001 – Maria Horn
2000 – Fran & Ralph Harrison
1999 – Ron Zuk
1998 – Barbara McMahon
1997 – Phil Svoboda
1996 – Suspended in honor of Bob Lehr
1995 – Celia Siptroth Cerino
1994 – Jim Daniels
1993 – Cheryl A. Read
1992 – Frank DiSalvo
1991 – Alan Oren