Hubbard Hall Honors WAMC’s Joe Donahue with the 2019 Making Art and Community Happen Award at Spring Gala Fundraiser

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Hubbard Hall celebrated its 41st year as a regional arts leader, serving Washington County and the Capital Region with the best in arts education programming and in developing, producing and presenting world-class art and artists year-round.    At the same time, Hubbard Hall honored Joe Donahue for his work in making art and community happen throughout our region for over 30 years in broadcast radio.  Now in its fourth year, the Making Art and Community Happen Award honors an individual or business which exemplifies Hubbard Hall’s mission.  Approximately 150 people gathered to celebrate and support Hubbard Hall and Mr. Donahue.  Guests were treated to wonderful hors d’oeuvres and drinks, along with performances from the Hubbard Hall Irish Dancers, Hubbard Hall Fellow Lulwama Mulalu and the recent cast of Annie, along with a live auction for prizes including Ed Levin Jewelry, gourmet dinners at home, a romantic balloon ride and luxury trips to New York City and Washington, DC, followed by a paddle raise to support arts education programs, run by professional auctioneer Chris Ward.

Joe Donahue and David Andrew Snider.

During Mr. Donahue’s acceptance speech he spoke of his Mother as an inspiration in his life and career and her advice to “See good and praise it.”  “And the fact that you have seen some good in me and decided to praise it tonight, honors me deeply.  Thank you,” said Mr. Donahue.

“Joe Donahue is an inspiration.  He is a friend to Hubbard Hall and truly is an example of living one’s life with a sense of purpose and service.  I learned through this process that he and I share deep admiration for two people – Mr. Fred Rogers (with whom Mr. Donahue shared a friendship until Mr. Rogers’ death in 2003) and David Letterman.  Joe is a good man and we are lucky that he continues to live and work here in the Capital Region,” said David Andrew Snider, Executive & Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall.

This year the Hall was able to raise more than $35,000 in a single night towards all of its arts education programs that serve approximately 8,000 people each year in Cambridge, Hoosick Falls, Greenwich, Salem and throughout the Capital Region.  Hubbard Hall conducts its Gala every May. The 2020 Gala will be held on May 16, 2020.

About Hubbard Hall

Hubbard Hall is a thriving arts center dedicated to cultivating, sustaining and promoting the cultural life of our rural community in Washington County, NY and throughout the Capital Region.  We gather people from all walks of life to create, learn and grow together, while developing, producing and presenting world-class art and artists.

About Joe Donahue

Joe Donahue is the Vice President of News and Programming for WAMC and has been with the station since 1994. He is best known for his continuing work as a talk show host and interviewer on the daily talk program, The Roundtable. Mix a roster of amazing guests and intelligent questions and you get interviews Metroland described as “in a category by themselves” and “distinguished by a blend of warmth and empathy, genuine curiosity, and sharp intelligence.”

The Roundtable’s hallmark is interviews by host and executive producer Joe Donahue and his unique approach. The daily award-winning Roundtable program airs daily from 9-12 AM on the WAMC/Northeast Public Radio network, where Donahue has dedicated his career to the excellence of radio broadcasting. He also hosts the nationally syndicated half hour chat with renowned authors, The Book Show.

Some of his guests have included: the past seven presidents, the past five first ladies, The Dalai Lama, Arthur Miller, Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, Sophia Loren, Steve Martin and Jimmy Stewart, to name just a few. Some of his favorite interviews include: Fred Rogers, Kurt Vonnegut, Carol Channing and Maya Angelou.

Joe has been honored with over 50 national and local awards for his interviewing achievements, including the prestigious Scripps-Howard Excellence in Electronic Journalism Award and several Edward R. Murrow awards. He is currently an adjunct professor at his alma mater, The College of St. Rose, teaching interviewing and radio production.

He voice has been used for major exhibits at museums, including at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and in the award-winning documentary, Indian Point. He can also be seen in the E! True Hollywood StoryRachael Ray and The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

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