Charlotte, N.C. – Historic Charlotte will host its 14th annual Blast for the Past Preservation Awards on October 15, 2014 from 6:00-8:30 PM, at the Charlotte Museum of History.
BLAST FOR THE PAST: Is Historic Charlotte’s biggest event of the year, celebrating restoration and renovation projects in the greater Charlotte region. This year's event promises to be a lively after-work gathering including libations, entertainment and excellent food provided by Heist Brewery at the Charlotte Museum of History.
In addition to the Blast for the Past Raffle for a wide variety of prizes -- such as a stay at the Duke Mansion, a weekend at the Wyndham Resort in North Myrtle Beach, tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, and Golf at Cedarwood Country Club -- guests will enjoy mingling while viewing the Museum's two standing exhibits “Charlotte Neighborhoods” and “Solving the Rock House Mysteries.” The museum is located at 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, and parking is free.
PRESERVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS: Are now closed for the 2014 Award Year. Thank you to all of our submitting participants. We have a fascinating assortment of commercial and residential projects for the judges this year!
BLAST INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Are on sale for the awards ceremony, secure your tickets now. Online tickets are $25; tickets will be $35 at the door the night of the event.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Historic Charlotte is pleased to welcome two very special guests.
David Erdman | Master of Ceremonies | Lawyer, Local Historian and Lecturer | Charlotte
Historic Charlotte is honored to have David Erdman as Master of Ceremonies for this year's event. Mr. Erdman provides a wealth of knowledge, leadership and advocacy on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg's history and future. Mr. Erdman is a current member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and a frequent media commentator and presenter on Charlotte's history and built environment. Continuing his service to the community, Mr. Erdman was unanimously appointed to the Charlotte City Council to fill an at-large seat in 1999. Professionally, he has been recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly newspaper as one of the state’s 25 “Leaders in the Law.”
Attendees to this year's event will enjoy a summary of his presentation "Lost Charlotte" that examines significant buildings razed or saved since 1976. He will then present this year’s Commercial and Residential Preservation Awards.
Ramona Bartos | Distinguished Guest Speaker | Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources | Raleigh
Historic Charlotte is also pleased to welcome Ramona Bartos. She is an alumna of the joint Juris Doctor/Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia and of Emory University (B.A. History and International Studies). Prior to her position in state public service, Ms. Bartos practiced law for nearly a decade in Georgia as an attorney in private practice for both private and local government clients, and served as a city attorney.
Ms. Bartos will give a brief update on the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Tax Credits, due to sunset at the end of 2014! She also will update us on proposals for a successor program and the Department of Cultural Resources' advocacy for these tax credits -- credits that have benefited hundreds of commercial and residential rehabilitation preservation projects across the state since 1993, especially within Mecklenburg County.
SPONSORSHIPS: Are still available and can be secured on Historic Charlotte's ticketing website. Many thanks to the following patrons who are sponsoring this year's event:
Charlotte Museum of History
Integra Realty Resources
AlliedBarton Security Services
Gantt Huberman Architects
Friends of Blast
Diane and Herb Althouse
Navarro Communications Consulting
Vrettos Pappas Consulting Engineers
Chairperson Diane Althouse
Preservation Awards Chair Emily Makas
Public Relations Chair Shep Reynolds
Event Chair Hunt Warner
Sponsorships Chair John Kincheloe
Mary Beth Navarro