MANCHESTER - The 29th annual Business in the Arts Awards will be held May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center of New Hampshire-Radisson Hotel.
Sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, the gala will honor 19 state businesses nominated for this year's awards. The evening includes a performance showcase of drama, literature and music.
Matt Mowry, editor of Business NH Magazine, is the master of ceremonies. The main stage performances include Opera North, Concord Chorale and comedian Juston Mc-Kinney. Lobby performances include a Jazz Faculty Duo from the Manchester Community Music School, Studio 550 Argentine Tango and painting demonstrations by students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
The 19 businesses were nominated for their sponsorships, employee volunteerism and donations of products and services in support of the arts. The winners in each of four categories will be announced during the evening.
The nominees are: Beechleaf Design, C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc., Fidelity Investments, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Hypertherm, Laconia Harley-Davidson, Lake Sunapee Bank, Lincoln Financial Group, McGowan Fine Art, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Orr & Reno, PixelMEDIA, Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., River House Restaurant, Savings Bank of Walpole, Sullivan Creative, The Duprey Companies and Timken Aerospace.
For more information, or to reserve tickets, contact the NHBCA at 224-8300 or email@example.com. Tickets are $75 each; tables for 10 are $750. The cocktail reception from 5:30-6:15 starts the evening and the dinner and program follow, concluding at 8:30. A limited number of reduced price tickets are available to artists and arts administrators by request.
Lottery breaks sales record
CONCORD - The New Hampshire Lottery sold more than $16.9 million in instant tickets in March, marking the highest monthly sales for instant tickets in a non-holiday month in its 50-year history, lottery officials said.
According to lottery sales reports, for fiscal year 2013, instant ticket sales are up more than 11 percent over last year.
New Hampshire was the only state in New England in the top 10 list of state lotteries showing an increase in instant sales, making it the fastest growing lottery in New England, said lottery officials, who noted that the lottery has contributed more than $1.5 billion toward education since it began in 1964.
Dyn named 'most democratic workplace'
MANCHESTER - For the second year in a row, Dyn has been named to the WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces. Dyn, which is based in Manchester and provides Internet infrastructure as a service, joins 50 other companies from around the world including WD-40 Co., TakingITGlobal and Zappos.com, a Dyn client.
Of the companies to be named to the WorldBlu list, Dyn is one of only 12 that are based in or have offices in the United Kingdom. Eligibility for the award is based entirely on employee feedback.
The company was highlighted for practicing the democratic principle of decentralization by having no social media policy. "They want their employees to have a voice to become brand ambassadors for the organization on their own terms," WorldBlu wrote.
Cumberland Farms campaign aids CHaD
LEBANON - Cumberland Farms stores in New Hampshire and Vermont are donating five cents per cup of hot coffee sales during the month of April to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
During the 2012 campaign, the program's debut, Cumberland Farms raised almost $25,000 for CHaD. Those unrestricted funds went to support crucial CHaD programs including the CHAD Family Center, the Child Life program and the new Livin' Healthy Weight Management program.
A listing of all Cups for Kids participating stores in New Hampshire and Vermont can be found at cumberlandfarms.com/FindaStore.