November 27, 2019 – Wenatchee, WA: The Numerica Performing Arts Center proudly announces the 2019 Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Melissa Miller- Port as the recipient in the professional division and Ford & Marlys Barrett as the recipients in the volunteer division. Miller-Port will be recognized at the Numerica Festival of Trees’ Friday production of Holiday Spice at the Numerica PAC on December 6 at 7:00pm. The Barretts will be recognized at the Saturday production of Holiday Spice at the Numerica PAC on December 7 at 1:00pm. Holiday Spice is sponsored by Dave & Sandy Gellatly and Richard & Connie Hoffmann.
The Stanley Lifetime Achievement Awards were designed in 2002 to honor the life-long arts and culture commitment of Mr. Bob Stanley. The winners will be publicly recognized during the two performances of Holiday Spice with a Haglund’s Trophies custom plaque.
Melissa Miller-Port- Professional Division
Melissa Port was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. where she studied dance at The David DeMarie Dance Studio and upon graduation went on tour with Greg Thompson Productions. Melissa is certified by Dance Masters of America and is past president of chapter 39. While on tour, Melissa go to see the world and perform for celebrities like Michael Jackson, David Copperfield, Dionne Warwick and President Ronald Regan. When she finished touring, she moved to Wenatchee where she has owned and directed The Fabulous Feet Dance Studio and Academy of Ballet for the last 30 years. Melissa is married to Jon Port and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. All of her children also studied dance and she and Jon love taking ballroom classes as well. Melissa has choreographed numerous local musicals including Mary Poppins, Newsies and will begin work on Mamma Mia in January. Melissa, her fabulous staff and The Wenatchee Valley Symphony bring to life The Wenatchee Nutcracker. Melissa also volunteers for The Lions Club, The WA state Apple Blossom Organization and The Wenatchee Figure Skating Club. Dance and the performing arts have been a lifelong passion for Melissa. The icing on the cake is the love she has for all of her students, her happy place is in the studio teaching.
Ford & Marlys Barrett- Volunteer Division
Ford and Marlys moved to Wenatchee following Ford’s retirement from the Air Force. We had always enjoyed participating in activities with people in the nearby communities during our military years, so of course they wanted to become involved right away in groups and activities in Wenatchee. They have always believed that vibrant arts programs make for a healthy community. The Performing Arts Center was a good place for them to begin. Through the years they have been pleased to be members of the PAC, to sponsor and attend events, and to enjoy extra happenings such as the Festival of Trees and the Spring Fling. They have extended their support to other arts organizations as well, including Music Theater of Wenatchee, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, and the Leavenworth Summer Theater. Also, we are enthused supporters of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. They are so happy to be living in such a fabulous community and in such a beautiful area and are pleased to contribute to many dynamic organizations that make Wenatchee such a wonderful city.
Former Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
A Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is someone who has left a profoundly positive and lasting impression on the arts in Central Washington.
Suzanne Carr (2018), Leslie McEwen (2017), Scott Bailey (2016), Terry Valdez (2015), Dan Jackson (2014), Keith Sexson (2013), Tamera Lopushinsky (2012), Glenn Kelley (2011), Jan Cook Mack (2010), John and Susan Wagner (2009), Harriett Bullitt (2008), Beth Jensen (2007), Sherry Krebs (2006), Pam Cole (2005), Richard Lapo (2004), Edward Sands (2003)
Cynthia Brown (2018), Gina Jans (2017), Ron Lodge (2016), Adele Wolford (2015), Marilyn Everhart (2014), Sue Lawson (2013), Rudi Pauly (2012), Terry Johnson (2011), Sherry Schreck (2010), Paul Atwood (2009), Harriett Bullitt (2008), Glenn Isaacson (2007), Arlene Jones (2006), Jane Hensel (2005), Gary Montague (2004), Wilfred and Kathy Woods (2003), Joan Shelton Mason & Ruth Allan (2002)
Holiday Spice information and tickets at www.wenatcheefestivaloftrees.org, 509-663-ARTS, or Numerica PAC Box Office at the Stanley Civic Center, 123 N Wenatchee Avenue. The media sponsors for this event are NCW Media, Wenatchee Business Journal, and Sunny FM.
The Numerica Performing Arts Center at the Stanley Civic Center is a non-profit organization and naming partner with the Numerica Credit Union.