Gunzburger, Finstrom receive Jack Zink Spirit Award

Broward County Mayor Sue Gunzburger and longtime arts supporter Tony Finstrom have been named the 2011 winners of the Mosaic Theatre’s Jack Zink Spirit Award for having ‘demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, creativity, commitment and passion for the arts.’

Executive/Artistic Director Richard Jay Simon wrote, ‘The prestigious Spirit Awards recognize extraordinary souls who help drive forward the mission of the Mosaic Theatre and cultural arts in Broward County.’

Gunzburger currently serves on the Broward Cultural Council, is a member of Funding Arts Broward and reaffirmed her support for the arts in her inaugural address when she was elected mayor earlier this month.

Simon called Finstrom ‘a prince among men.’ His name appears on the contributor pages of playbills in numerous theaters around South Florida, including the Mosaic. He served several years on the Executive Board of Directors for the Theatre League of South Florida, which awarded him the 2006 Remy Award for outstanding service to the local theater community. He is also the founding chairman of the Silver Palms Awards.

The 10-year-old Plantation theater renamed its annual award in 2008 for the late Sun-Sentinel critic Jack Zink who had championed the theater from its inception.

The winners will receive a sculpture designed by Vanessa Hassele-Bonilla at Mosaic’s A Taste of Ireland ‘ Gala & Auction 2011 on Feb. 26. For more information, go to: or

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