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The Bernard L. Savage Community Service Award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond the expectations of his or her profession by selflessly giving his or her time, talent and other resources to significantly contribute to the Chesterfield County community.


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Hugh Cline
Chair, Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation

The Chamber’s Chesterfield Business Council will host business and civic leaders to celebrate Hugh at the breakfast banquet on April 13, 2016, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Click here to register.

“As we mark the 20th anniversary of presenting this prestigious award, we are honored to recognize Hugh Cline for his service over the decades and throughout Chesterfield County”, said Polly White, Chair of the Chesterfield Business Council. “Hugh has quietly been a leader in major projects that have become assets to the County, from education and nonprofit organizations to road improvements and now the Chesterfield Center for the Arts. Hugh has been working behind the scenes for a long time. Now it’s time for us to put his contributions front and center.”

Chesterfield native Hugh Cline came out of retirement to save a performing arts center first talked about in the 1980s. In 2004 Chesterfield voters approved a bond referendum to build the center. Before the county could sell the bonds, however, the community needed to raise $1.1 million toward the project by November 2014. As the ten-year anniversary of the voter referendum approached, the foundation responsible for raising the required amount had just $75,000 in the bank, and the bonds were at risk to expire later that year.

Then Hugh Cline came on the stage. Hugh led a new fundraising effort that yielded more than $1 million in six months, including a $50,000 donation from Hugh himself. As a result, in 2015 the county’s Board of Supervisors approved the necessary measures to allow the Chesterfield Center for the Arts to move forward. Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this year on a building that is envisioned to be a state-of-the-art cultural arts center designed to provide a venue for bringing world-class artists and performances to the community.

Hugh’s long history of service to Chesterfield County has culminated with the Chesterfield Center for the Arts, but he is no stranger to helping make big projects possible. He was involved in fundraising for building the Chester YMCA, planning the initial stages of John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian campus, and is a former chairman of the Chester Village Plan during the planned widening of Route 10 through Chester Village. Hugh is a founding member of what would become the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation and is a past president and longtime member of the South Richmond Rotary Club.

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