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The third annual PPMtv Inspiration Awards held on Thursday April 27, 2017, recognized three individuals for their contributions toward making the Portsmouth area a stronger, more vibrant place to live and work. 2017 honorees are Joanne Connolly of the Con Tutti Chorus and Voices From the Heart whose music has touched the seacoast and ports of call worldwide; Liz Forkel whose ‘Spinning Generosity’ has raised funds for such groups as Families First, Dover Children’s Home, Community Toolbox, End 68 Hours of Hunger, NHSPCA, Woman-Aid of Greater Portsmouth, and New Heights; and Ellie Sanderson whose work with the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Pontine, St. John’s Church, The Music Hall, Halcyon Music Festival and other groups benefits the greater Portsmouth community in so many ways.
The individuals honored at the PPMtv Inspiration Awards, go far beyond the parameters of a job description, or simple volunteerism in giving to the Portsmouth Community. Each year careful thought goes into selecting members of our community, who have not previously received public recognition for their years of tireless service.
The recipients of the 2018 PPMtv Inspiration Awards are:
Robin Albert is energy personified. Since 1974 she has been working and living in Portsmouth and everything she has been involved with has been made exponentially better. Currently Robin is involved with the Portsmouth Historical Society. She goes the extra mile no matter how small the job. Robin is a longtime volunteer for the Music Hall, she started by ushering shows but has branched out to special events. Robin has been involved with Leadership Seacoast; Seacoast Outright; NH Educational Theatre Guild; NE Drama Council; NH Assoc. of Volunteer Administrators; NE Theatre Conference; Welcome Center Coordinator, Discover Portsmouth; Portsmouth Historical Society; United Way of Greater Seacoast; Sexual Assault Support Services; Portsmouth High School Theatre Departmnet and the Main Stage at Prescott Park Arts Festival to name a few.
Guy Capecelatro III
Guy brings artists together! He constantly seeks new collaborations, and to connect artists he knows to work together. He is encouraging, inclusive, and sets and incredible example of prolific creative output without any ego or pretense. In 2017 Guy released his most poignant, and perhaps best album, “Hope is the Thing With Feathers,” about his wife Pam’s struggle with terminal cancer. For this incredible work, which shares his and Pam’s journey through the nightmare of terminal illness, Guy did not turn inward, but instead recruited help from countless friends to make the album possible, including Seacoast musicians Mara Flynn, Juliet Nelson, Seth Gooby, Isis Alis-Gooby, Mike Wolstat, Anne Marple, Peter Squires, Jim Rioux, and Chris Decato … as well as local visual artists Kenley Darling and Michael Winters. A constant inspiration to those around him, Guy Capecelatro is involved on a continual basis with WSCA Radio; 3S Artspace, The Music Hall, Star Island, the RPM Challenge, the Seacoast music and literature communities.
Glicka Kaplan has been displaying her ongoing dedication to her community for the past 30 years. With her innate positive spirit and can-do attitude she has chaired the board of directors of the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth; the Birchtree Center for Autism and currently chairs the board of Arts in Reach. Glicka is a natural leader who is able to energize a diverse group of people to accomplish goals. She possesses a compassion towards those less fortunate and is very committed to helping the underserved in the Seacoast. She is a proven fundraiser for all the organizations she has touched. In addition, Glicka has served as a trustee for the Portsmouth Public Library, dedicated her time to the betterment of Temple Israel and has served as a NH Educator of the Deaf at Dondero School.
During a live broadcast event, on Thursday, April 19, 2018. These three will be celebrated for their spirit, dedication and devotion to the Seaocast area. At this event – PPMtv will also confer a Lifetime Inspiration Award upon Graham Alvord, who in 1944, was one of the first to land on Normandy Beach during the D-Day invasion. A seacoast resident his entire life Graham, now at the age of 101, contiues to share his experiences with new audiences through his love of humanity and the community he calls home.
PPMtv studios are located at 280 Marcy Street, in the South End, and have become a magnet for individuals and groups who want to tell “their story” through video broadcasting. PPMtv has also created its own imprint with our locally produced video content being aired nationally on YouTube (Take a look! https://www.youtube.com/ppmtv). This event also serves as a fundraiser, to garner support for PPMtv and insure a healthy future of this valuable community resource.