Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Honors Founding Member John Jakes '53

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Honors Founding Member John Jakes '53

May 15, 2006

John Jakes 2004.jpgMay 15, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - John Jakes, bestselling author of North and South and 1953 graduate of DePauw University, will be honored tonight by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Jakes, a founding member of the art center's board, is among seven people "who helped bring (the center) to life" and whose contributions will be celebrated, reports the Island Packet of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Jakes and the other honorees "will receive the Reflections Society Award on Monday at a founders tribute ceremony... (The award) is given annually in jakes-savannah.jpgrecognition of service or philanthropy to the arts center." Jakes also received the Reflections Society Award in 2003.

"In our 10th anniversary year, we thought it was fitting to honor the people who helped realize the dream of bringing this multi-arts facility to the Lowcountry," Kathleen Bateson, the art center's president, tells the newspaper. "If it were not for the tireless effort and unfailing determination of these seven individuals, we would not have this remarkable community asset today."

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John Jakes is the author of seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers -- his latest is Savannah: Or, A Gift for Mr. Lincoln -- and he has been called "the godfather of the historical novel." Learn more in this previous story.