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Grammy Awards in Greensboro?….Almost! The first annual Save the Arts Awards show will provide a red carpet leading all to this first time in history event.

Greensboro, NC March 6, 2010 –

Thanks to founding members Rasheem Pugh, a Grammy award-winning songwriter and North Carolina State House Representative Alma Adams, coming to the Carolina Theatre March 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. will be the opportunity for Triad citizens to experience the ambiance, notoriety and elegance that you find like that at the Grammy Awards each year. There are award shows to recognize every facet of talented people around the world from the Olympics, Academy Awards to People Choice Awards but none that recognize the best of creative visual minds of painters, sculptors, architects and photographers. The first annual Save the Arts Awards show will do just that and feature a VIP reception with introductory red carpet leading all to this first time in history event right here in Greensboro.

Save the Arts Awards show is committed to acknowledging artists who have made major contributions to the art and design of our great nation by awarding painters, sculptors, architects and photographers with the coveted Save the Arts award. The awards show will also provide another opportunity to increase the awareness of the arts culture from around the world and its vital importance in how it influences us all in our everyday lives. Have you ever imagined life with no art? Imagine – no pictures, no paintings, no sculpture, no buildings… What would the world be without a different and creative perspective to enlighten, inspire and magnify God’s  beauty that surrounds us?

Out of the painters category the nominees are: Charles Bibbs, Joe Bergeron, John Holyfield, Juan Logan, Larry Poncho Brown, Leo Rucker, Leroy Campbell, Raul Montero, Roderick Vines, Ted Ellis and Vandorn Hinnant.  Out of the photography category the nominees are: Sheila Pree Bright, Titus Brooks Heagins, Otis Hairston Jr. and Andrea Ellen Reed. Out of the sculptors category the nominees are: James Barnhill, David H. Turner, Frank Holder and Margaret Warren. Annie Lee and Lynne Pittard of Visual Artists Network will also be recognized for their lifetime commitment to the arts and presented with the Quintessence Lifetime Achievement Award.

One of the many reasons Mr. Pugh and Representative Adams originated Save the Arts, Inc. is to bridge the gap between art communities to create one great art community and finally recognize the most talented and accomplished individuals representing their respective field of visual art.  Democratic Representative of North Carolina State House District 58 and a former College Administrator and Professor of Art at Bennett College, Alma Adams says, “the arts provide young people with an authentic learning experience that engages their minds, hearts and bodies; it can enhance creativity, self-discipline, and the skills and confidence necessary to meet the challenges encountered during their lives. Arts education is a necessity – not a nicety.”

Save the Arts Center presents the 1st Annual Save the Arts Awards Show  held at the Carolina Theatre March 20th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $123.50 to $33.50, depending on seat location. Discounts are available for Greensboro city employees, students, seniors and groups of 10 . A $1.50 restoration fee is added to the price of each ticket. For a sneak peek, please visit the Save the Arts website at or purchase tickets here.

Cali Pearl Financial, NC registered investment advisor, is one of twenty-seven local Triad businesses that are a supporter and sponsor of this esteemed awards show that specializes in fee-only financial planning and investment advice. On behalf of the Save the Arts Steering committee, Mr. Pugh, Alma Adams and Cali Pearl Financial and our other contributing sponsors, we would be honored to have you attend the Save the Arts Awards Show that will be held on March 20, 2010 in Greensboro, NC at the Carolina Theatre.


Men Are Wearing “The Pink Slips” Forcing Loss Of Breadwinner Status As Women Surpass Men In Workforce. Cali Pearl Financial Steers Career Women During Dramatic Historical Shift.

Greensboro, NC -2009 President Obama declared it himself, manufacturing jobs that are male-dominated will not be a huge part of the economic recovery; and women will be the bread winners for some time. From jobs to video games to social networking there’s an evolution seen in gender roles like never before. With a shrinking job force women are becoming the bread winners as they are quickly surpassing men on the nation’s payroll for the first time in US history while taking traditionally male dominated jobs. Sherri Brown, founder and president of Greensboro based Cali Pearl, a registered investment advisory firm- no affiliation with banks or other brokerage companies- sees a custom niche in helping career-minded women sort out their fiscal responsibilities. Women who are “too busy” or unsure about their financial options can now have a “financial concierge.”  With Cali Pearl’s unique structure to offer cooperative dialogue with client’s existing CPA firm, attorney, or financial planner, it is one of the first Triad wealth advisors to serve as a personal agent to help synchronize the pieces of clients’ financial puzzles. “A woman’s financial situation is often unique, and an individual approach as personal agent or “financial concierge” to financial planning is essential in today’s marketplace,” says Brown. Women can now have a connection with a company that speaks their language.

Emerging Statistics

  • Over 60% of the nations wealth is now controlled by women.
  • Sixty-eight million women are working full-time
  • Women account for almost 47% of the labor force

As a career-minded business woman, Brown comes from a place of understanding. She identifies with the trend in a shifting economy and mentality, as well as what it means for working women to reshape how they view income and wealth accumulation. Brown provides knowledge, support and resources to professional women who are serious about their money and their future.


Cali Pearl Corporation was founded on the principle of Fiduciary Responsibility which means your financial planning interests always come first. We offer fee-only financial planning and investment advice. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with objective advice and guidance so you can be confident that the counsel you are receiving is in your best interest. The Cali Pearl Corporation, is a NC Registered Investment Advisor – for more information see