2016 Short North Gala Honorees

The Short North Alliance is pleased to announce that it will honor seven individuals and groups at the 10th Annual Short North Gala, presented by Borror Properties. Honoree categories are: District Legacy, Unsung Heroes, Business Beacon, and Community Partner. Click here for more details and ticketing information-

This year’s honorees and the individual award categories are described below.


New in 2016, honorees in this category made lasting contributions to the Short North Arts District through their life and service.

Tom Thomson (1924-2015)

Tom Thomson was the founder and publisher emeritus of The Short North Gazette and many other publications showcasing art, culture, and community across Columbus. His voice, passion, and pen elevated our community for over 30 years. Tom passed away in December 2015.

Honoree Squares-07Greg Carr (1948-2016)
Greg Carr was one of the earliest advocates for the revitalization of the Short North Arts District. Some of his lasting and numerous contributions to the Short North Arts District include founding the Short North Tavern, Short North Business Association, Neighborhood Design Center, and the Doo Dah Parade. But not for Greg Carr, the Short North Arts District and surrounding neighborhoods would not be what they are today. Greg passed away in January 2016.


Honorees in this category are nominated by the community and 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:

Honoree Squares-02Charly Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
By day, Charly may be the head scooper at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. But, for the last 15+ years, Charly has been one of the most instrumental advocates for the success of the Short North Arts District. From creating events like HighBall and leading the formation of the Short North Alliance to keeping business owners smiling, Charly’s wit, passion, and leadership have inspired generations of Short North entrepreneurs.

Honoree Squares-01Lori Gum, Stonewall Columbus
Since joining Stonewall Columbus in 2011, Lori has emerged as a devoted advocate for the LGBT community in Columbus. An avid storyteller, Lori had devoted her life to giving voice to those who are often overlooked. Among her accomplishments are her commanding coordination of the annual Pride Festival and her determination in helping LGBT veterans receive honorable discharges.

Honoree Squares-03Dave Weibel, Edward Jones
Dave Weibel has been a behind-the-scenes staple in the Short North Arts District for nearly 20 years. Dave has served not only as volunteer for numerous Short North Arts District events, committees, and causes, but also has lent his advice and expertise to small businesses all along High Street. He also plays one mean banjo.


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.

Honoree Squares-05Haiku Poetic Food & Art
When Paul Liu opened Haiku Poetic Food & Art 18 years ago in the Short North Arts District, he was among a smaller group of restaurateurs who saw the potential for High Street to blossom into the premier destination for Columbus. Today, Haiku Poetic Food & Art is a neighborhood mainstay, which has contributed to growth in the Short North Arts District’s culinary scene and elevated burgeoning artists and musicians through its monthly exhibitions and performances.


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

Honoree Squares-06King Avenue United Methodist Church
For over 100 years, King Avenue United Methodist Church has been a consistent presence in this neighborhood, serving as not only a place of worship, but as a center of community. Under the leadership of Rev. John Keeny, King Avenue United Methodist Church has deepened its impact in the Short North Arts District through the growth and expansion of programs which highlight the arts, serve our seniors, celebrate inclusion and diversity, and provided support to Columbus’ vastly underserved.

Single tickets and tables for the 10th Annual Short North Gala are on sale now. Click on the link below to purchase them online, or call Melanie Kortyka at (614) 299.8050.

Eventbrite - Tenth Annual Short North Gala 2016