On February 28, six leaders of the Collier County arts community will be presented with the Stars in the Arts award at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Naples.
Eight years ago, the United Arts Council sought a means to reward leaders devoted to the arts community, establishing the Stars in the Arts program. Candidates are nominated by the public, after which a selection committee composed of past and current arts leaders makes a final decision. This year’s winners:
Now in his twentieth year as Concertmaster at the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Basham is the spokesman for the orchestra and chorus as well as a music teacher.
Dunnagan is the artistic director for The Naples Players community theater company, and has directed more than 150 plays and musicals. She also teaches directing, acting and auditioning classes.
Eva Sugden Gomez
Gomez is an active supporter of Opera Naples and has significantly donated to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, establishing the Sugden Gomez Environmental Planning Center. Additionally, she has competed in and won national and international ballroom dance competitions.
For 20 years, Gottschalk has been the general manager of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. A current conductor of the youth orchestra, he also works closely with young artists.
Simone and Scott Lutgert
The power couple is passionate about philanthropy. Simone is a board member of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and Scott has served on the board for the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.