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SAACA adds 4 to its board

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Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:00 am

Four new board members have been chosen by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance "to help further the reach of the growing nonprofit," a release said.

Beth Bank, Ben Hawkins, Don Luria and Kimberly Schmitz are "extremely active in the community on many levels, from the culinary arts to building construction," said SAACA executive director Kate Marquez. "Their experience and expertise should enhance SAACA's reputation in the community and aid the organization in its effort to expand its programs and offerings throughout Southern Arizona."

As an example of broadening reach, SAACA is teaming with the Arizona State Museum on March 27-28 to produce the Southwest Indian Art Fair Benefit at Desert Diamond Casino. And, in addition to SAACA's many longstanding Oro Valley events and programs, the organization in 2010 will produce a concert series in Marana.

The four newest members of its board of directors "should provide immeasurable assistance to SAACA in its ongoing bid to become a regional source of high-quality, relevant arts and cultural programming," Marquez said.

Beth Bank, Ben Hawkins, Don Luria and Kimberly Schmitz join seven others on the SAACA board of directors, including President Melanie Larson, Treasurer Maya Dillard-Liddell, Secretary Gregg Forszt, Past President Satish Hiremath, Al Cook, Dale Henson and Gail Munden.

Bank is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. She serves as a trustee for the Arizona Theatre Company.

Hawkins, a native Tucsonan who founded and owned a construction company, is a 14-year member of the advisory and state boards for the Arizona Builders Alliance.

Luria holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts and master's in business economics. Now retired, Luria has served as a president on several boards, including the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Citizens for the Arts and the Advisory Board of UApresents. Luria also founded Tucson Originals and the Tucson Culinary Foundation.

Schmitz, director of communications and public relations at Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, has served on several boards and organizing committees, including the Tucson Children's Museum and the Wingspan Classic Golf Tournament.

For more information about SAACA and its programs, or to become a member or volunteer, go to"> or call (520) 797-3959.


Saaca Board

Beth Bank, Ben Hawkins, Don Luria and Kimberly Schmitz join Melanie Larson, president; Maya Dillard-Liddell, treasurer; Gregg Forszt, secretary; Satish Hiremath, past president; and board members Al Cook, Dale Henson and Gale Munden


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