Short North Gala

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Short North Ballroom

Celebrate and support the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District in one deliciously unforgettable evening.

Join the Short North community at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the Twelfth Annual Short North Gala, presented by Borror.

Help us celebrate with one-of-a-kind cocktails, savory and sweet dishes by Short North Arts District chefs and confectioners and an inspired along three-course served meal prepared by chef Derrick Henry with Levy Restaurant at the the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The night will be rounded out with a silent auction, photo booth, an out-of-this-world stage show, surprise performances, and our annual ceremony honoring neighborhood partners that is anything but traditional.


Back by popular demand, our exclusive Private Reception from 5:30pm-6:30pm will feature meet and greets with your favorite Short North personalities. New this year, Private Reception Ticket Holders will also enjoy a speciality dessert hour from 9:00-10:00pm where they will receive complimentary drinks. Private Reception tickets are limited, and are based on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets to the Short North Gala are ON SALE NOW. PRE-SALE PRICING ENDS APRIL 13.




The Short North Alliance is pleased to announce that it will honor eight individuals and groups at the 12th Annual Short North Gala, presented by Borror. Honoree categories are: Unsung Heroes, Business Beacon, District Legacy, and Community Partner. 

Honorees in all categories are nominated by the community. This year’s honorees and the individual award categories are described below.


Honorees in this category are selected for the contributions they have made over the years to the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District. This year’s unsung heroes are:

Beverly and SJ Sevell, Unsung Hero                                                

The Sevells are as synonymous with the Short North Arts District as the Short North Arches. For nearly four decades, the husband and wife team of Beverly and Steven Sevell (just Bev and Sevell to all of us) have been trailblazers, champions, and titans of comedy and community in the Short North Arts District. From their 15+ years of combined service on Boards of Directors for the former Short North Business Association and the Short North Alliance to their tens of thousands of hours volunteering to build up many of the District’s most beloved events and festivals, the Sevells are dedicated supporters of the arts, skilled designers and creative professionals, and two of the funniest human beings ever put on this planet.

Jack Decker, Unsung Hero

Many in our community best know Jack for his 12 years of service as one of the Victorian Village Commission’s most colorful, thoughtful, and clever characters. He brings a rich mix of experience to the table, drawing upon his background as an attorney and avid rehabber of decades’ worth of homes across the neighborhood. Having lived in the neighborhood since at least 1980, he’s also been a fixture and disorganizer at the annual Doo Dah Parade, riding his signature bike with his ever recognizable conehead hat. The neighborhood is blessed to have Jack with his wisdom and humor as a quiet but guiding force.


Honorees in this category have served as catalysts to bring a broad range of visitors to the District, and have inspired others to invest in and nurture the Short North Arts District.

Scott Rousku and Torso, Business Beacon

Columbus was a different world when Scott Rousku opened Torso in 1998. With a long career in visual merchandising and a savvy design eye for outlandish fashions, underwear, and costumes, Torso quickly grew into one of the Short North Arts District’s most recognizable retailers. Known as a favorite destination for creative and unexpected window displays, Torso is a haven of joy in the District where everyone who enters always leaves chuckling. Beyond the unique shopping experience, Scott is a dedicated and constant supporter of so many community programs and causes which have made a lasting difference in our community.

Joan Schnee and On Paper, Business Beacon

Quiet, creative, elegant, and honest. With two decades under their belts as one of the Short North Arts District’s leading independent retailers, Joan, along with her inventive and thoughtful team, are skilled artists, designers, and advisers to 21 years’ worth of clients who have sought their council in designing custom invitations, announcements, and stationery to suit every occasion. Joan and her shop are what make the Short North Arts District such a special place.

Laura Harter, Short North Piece of Cake, Business Beacon

When then-owner Brian Hotopp opened Short North Piece of Cake 21 years ago, it was the only bakery in the Short North Arts District. Today, Short North Piece of Cake, now owned by Brian’s protégé Laura Harter, is a neighborhood mainstay and a beloved Short North destination business. Harter has taken Hotopp’s vision for creative confections and expanded upon it, not only crafting unique baked goods, but also serving on numerous committees to help better the District as it continues to grow.


Honorees in this category made lasting contributions to the Short North Arts District through their life and service.

Martha Marcom, Yoga on High District Legacy

On April 28, 2017, the Columbus community lost its Godmother of Yoga, Martha “Marty” Marcom. Back in 2000, when friends Marty Marcom, Linda Oshins, and Marcia Miller founded Yoga on High, yoga in Columbus was about as prolific then as autonomous vehicles are today. Dedicated teacher, devoted mentor, and beloved friend, Marty not only helped to build and support the community in the Short North Arts District, but she served as an inspiration and an instrument of kindness to all those she touched through her life, work, and practice.  


Honorees in this category have deep collaborations with the Short North Arts District resulting in significant advancement of the District’s quality of life.

 The Dream Center, Community Partner

With a motto like “find a need and meet it, find a hurt and heal it,” it is obvious why the powerful community and volunteers who fuel The Dream Center are dedicated partners, deserving of recognition for the the remarkably hard work they do every day.  Now in its third full year of operations as an open center which provides resources, meals, and dignity to countless homeless and low-income adults and children, The Dream Center helps provide remarkable homeless outreach services in the Short North Arts District. As the brainchild of founders Steve and Wanda Campbell along with Chad Fischer, The Dream Center brings hope to our community every day.



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