Crescendo Award

The Crescendo Award was created in 1998 by Cynthia Sudor, cofounder of Celebration of Children, to recognize an adult who has given of themselves using their artistic talent for youth in the Harrisburg area.

1998 – Edward C. Truax – very active with Girls Incorporated of Greater Harrisburg, contributing his time and artistic talent to children and projects in the Harrisburg area.

1999 – Linda Tedford – creator and director of Susquehanna Youth Chorale whose efforts have helped many children learn the value of harmony and team effort with the beauty of songs and performances in the Central PA area.

2000Ruth ann Jeremiah – efforts with the group, ENERGY, since 1990 have helped children of all abilities and disabilities learn the value of song and dance as a group performing all across Pennsylvania.

2001Camille Erice – created the school Danzante to teach Latino arts and history to inner city youth.

2002 – Ali and Rafiyqua Muhammad – founded and direct the school Gnus which teaches African Dance.  Ali Muhammad is also the founder and instructor with the Universal African Fighting Arts System.

2003 – George Kell – has made a difference in the lives of young people through his direction of musicals and plays at the Harrisburg Youth for Christ center on Eisenhower Blvd.

2004 – Cheryl Horning – created Caitlin’s Smiles which delivers arts and crafts kits to children in hospitals.

2005 – Fred Miles – Cartoon Tycoon offers an animation camp for middle and high school students helping many children learn the animation production process within a working studio.

2006 – Roni Dietrich – Scrimshaw artist, organizer of PECAN, Inc. Art Day Camp and is instrumental in organizing the art displays for Celebration of Children for the past 5 years.

2007 – Anita Tyler-Goodrich – Founder/director of Prazon School of Dance in 2000 to increase awareness in the Arts.

2008Aileen Hower – Makeup artist for Celebration of Children for 4 years and TASK for 2 years as well as volunteering her services to many organizations in the Central PA area.

2009 – Stan Baldwin – consistently volunteers his time to various organizations with his culinary, ballooning,
and magic talents.

2010Popcorn Hat Players – Founded by Clark and Melissa Nicholson, they perform amazing interactive adaptations of classical tales, charming children into participation in the arts.

2011 – Paul Zerman – instructor for Akoustikos, a remarkable group of guitar students who perform at retirement homes and hospitals

2012 – Phillip Palese – a 4th-grade teacher in Camp Hill, Camp Hill High School program co-producer, and director of Camp Hill Youth Summer Stage.