Beezley wins Westlund Award — The Deschutes Cultural Coalition of the Oregon Cultural Trust awarded its seventh annual Ben Westlund Memorial Award to Pam Beezley, executive director of the Sunriver Music Festival. The honor was bestowed upon Beezley on Dec. 19 at the Arts and Culture Alliance’s Holiday Party, the coalition announced on Monday. According to the press release, the award was established to honor the memory of Ben Westlund, the former state treasurer and legislator who championed the creation of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Individual recipients of the $1,000 cash prize are invited to give the funds to a cultural nonprofit of their choice, according to the release, and Beezley announced she was donating her award to Sunriver Music Festival. Past recipients of the award include historian Bob Boyd, Brad Porterfield of the Latino Community Association and Brad Tisdel of the Americana Project.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin