Pepsi, Stangelands receive top Fest honors
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Families familiar to the Oregon Bach Festival received high honors during the June 26 Patron Celebration.
Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Eugene received the Oregon Bach Festival’s Silver Baton award, which acknowledges outstanding support and commitment, recognizing corporations and foundations whose cumulative support over time exceeds $100,000.
Under the longtime guidance of the Moore family and the current leadership of Andy Moore and Eric Forrest, Pepsi-Cola Bottling has sponsored major OBF concerts and provided significant in-kind support for two decades.
Helmuth Rilling presented the silver baton to Andy Moore, who noted that his parents had the vision to make a long-term commitment to the Festival, “an event that is pretty amazing.”
“All of us at Pepsi are proud to support the Oregon Bach Festival,” he continued. “We have a lot of opportunities to get involved with events and organizations. But because of you, Helmuth, and all the great artists, and what you do to create enjoyment, enthusiasm, and education for our community, it is easy to say yes.”
In receiving the baton from Rilling, Moore noted that he had been Rilling’s bartender at an OBF social function earlier in the week; Rilling quipped, “Now you can be a bachtender!”
Previous recipients of the Silver Baton include Wells Fargo, The Oregon Community Foundation, Key Bank, Lufthansa Airlines, Koke Printing, and Mercedez Benz of Eugene.
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The Saltzman Award, the Oregon Bach Festival’s highest honor, was presented to Lilah, Brad, and Colleen Stangeland, whose support and family name have been attached most specifically to the OBF’s Youth Choral Academy.
Named in honor of founding executive director Royce Saltzman, the Saltzman Award is not an annual honor, but presented only to individuals who have shown exceptionally high levels of leadership and commitment to help the Festival achieve its mission.
Anton Armstrong, conductor of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, said the academy “wouldn’t be possible without the passion and commitment of a family who have done more than you realize … Brad, as a board member, volunteer, donor; Colleen for hosting all those wonderful parties; their shared love of the festival, large generosity of spirit, and loyalty to the program is inspiring and admired.”
Brad Stangeland, in accepting the award for the family, said “This is something that never seemed possible. Standing next to Royce the first time, he’s such a great man, made me shake. Accepting this honor named for him makes me shake. The Oregon Bach Festival is something we really believe in. We’re grateful and honored.”
Lilah Stangeland added, “I’m honored to receive this award; the only sad part is my late husband Roger is not here. He always encouraged young people to get involved and do good things. We are happy to have made a contribution.”
Previous recipients of the Saltzman award include Andrew and Phyllis Berwick, Peter and Mary Anne Moore, Dave and Lynn Frohnmayer, Nonnie Cole, Helmuth Rilling, Thomas Widlish, Bill Bowerman, and Royce Saltzman.