In a reception last evening, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Inc. and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce awarded its 2007 Business Support of the Arts award (Large Business category) to Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan.
Others recognized last evening were Greg Paul Builders (Small Business category), Margery and Earl Johnson, Jr. (Individual category) and Harris Creek Elementary principal Mrs. Vicki Perry (Arts Education category).
Each year, the United Arts Council and Chamber recognize "outstanding contributions to the arts" in the Triangle-area. Raleigh-based, non-profit visual arts center Artspace (www.artspacenc.org) nominated Smith Anderson for this award and noted in its nomination package that for many years, "the Firm and its employees have graciously given not only time and financial support, but passion to build a strong and vibrant arts community in our area." Recently, Smith Anderson's contributions included over 350 hours of pro bono legal service to Raleigh-area arts organizations.
"We greatly appreciate this recognition and look forward to many more years of service to the Raleigh arts community" said John L. Jernigan, managing partner at Smith Anderson.