THE CHARLIE CINNAMON AWARD
In November 2015, just a few days before his 95th birthday, South Florida lost one its legends, press agent Charlie Cinnamon. Cinnamon was an extraordinary presence in the performing arts, working right up until the end. In addition to his work as a press agent and his support of many arts organizations, Cinnamon dedicated years of service to the Carbonell Awards. To honor his unique legacy, the Carbonell Awards Board of Directors voted this year to institute the Charlie Cinnamon Award, to be given periodically to an individual who not only contributes significantly to the support of the arts in South Florida, but also for dedicated service to the Carbonell Awards organization.
2018 – Tony Finstrom has served the Carbonell Awards for nearly two decades. His support of theater is boundless, from his aggregation and distribution of theater news, both local and national, to his enormous email list, to his financial support of many theaters. Finstrom is a playwright whose full-length and short plays have been produced in South Florida. Finstrom’s dedication to playwrights and new work is evidenced in his work with the Jan McArt Play Reading Series at Lynn University, which showcases new works by many esteemed playwrights, who have then seen those plays go on to full productions. Finstrom is also the founder of the Silver Palm Awards, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary of honoring excellence in South Florida theater, with an award that has no set categories or competition, an award which has risen to a place of importance in South Florida. “My life is so much richer because of my involvement with the Carbonell Awards and our wonderful South Florida theater community,” said Finstrom. “And for my minor contributions to this amazing regional theater scene, I couldn’t be more honored and pleased to receive a special award named for the great Miami publicist, Charlie Cinnamon, who I knew and loved.”
2017 – The inaugural Charlie Cinnamon Award was given to Jerome J. (Jerry) Cohen, a long-time patron of the arts and Carbonell Awards judge and board member. Unlike the other special awards, whose recipients are announced in advance, Cohen was surprised by the honor during the ceremony, presented by Richard Jay Alexander.