Inman Riverdale Foundation announced as 2018 Cultural Champion

Spartanburg, SC - November 7, 2018 -- Chapman Cultural Center recognized the Inman Riverdale Foundation as its 2018 Cultural Champion at their annual business luncheon on Thursday, October 25th.

Each year, Chapman Cultural Center honors its corporate donors with a business luncheon at which the Cultural Champion is announced. Over 100 companies doing business in our community and region have contributed more than $501,000 this year to support the mission of Chapman Cultural Center. Cola-cola Bottling Company won the honor last year. As part of the recognition, the recipient this year received a custom-made award by local artists, Russell Bannan and Eli Blasko.

Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center presented the award to Norman Chapman, President of Inman Mills. Evins recognized more than 36 members of the Chapman family and Inman Mills associates who have contributed in their own unique way for more than four generations.

Evins said “For over 119 years the Chapman family, which includes the Inman Mills family, has been making their mark on Spartanburg County. Rob Chapman served twice as President of Arts Council and Chairman of The Arts Partnership. Marshal Chapman’s leadership and vision led a cultural planning process in 1992 that created the United Arts fund and a spirit of collaboration in the arts. Many Chapman family members and Inman associates have and still do contribute their creative talents, time and resources to advance the arts in Spartanburg and we are extremely grateful.”

“The Chapman Family and the Inman Riverdale Foundation are the embodiment of what it looks like to be a Cultural Champion. We are honored by their long-standing partnership and are proud to recognize the enormous contributions they’ve made to the arts in Spartanburg with this award.”

Dr. Al Jeter was also announced as the 2018 Educator of the Year award winner. Jeter, a educator for 45 years, serves as Spartanburg District Seven’s Director of Testing and Accountability. He also coordinates fine arts, world languages, strategic planning, and programs for English Learners. Jeter has been an advocate for the arts and an ally of Chapman Cultural Center throughout his career.

Al said upon receiving his award, “Being chosen as the Educator of the Year is an unexpected but grand honor. Having family, friends, and the cultural community present for the occasion was a highlight and a definite “shining moment” in my life. I’ll never forget the emotions of that day, and I’m delighted to live and work in a place like Spartanburg where we can all contribute and make a positive impact.”

Chapman Cultural Center Board of Trustees Chairman, Bert Barre, welcomed over 100 guests to the luncheon. Music was provided by local musicians Tessa Russel and Garrett Gibson. The luncheon was sponsored by Carolina Alliance Bank.