KIX BROOKS TO RECEIVE NORMAN M. LIPMAN AWARD
Country Music Star and Wine Entrepreneur lauded for ‘Leadership and Community Involvement’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 3, 2016) – The Nashville Wine Auction is pleased to announce that Kix Brooks, one-half of the best-selling duos in country music history, Brooks & Dunn, will receive the Norman M. Lipman Award for his “Leadership and Community Involvement.” The Norman M. Lipman Award was established in 1991 by Nashville Wine Auction and the Lipman family upon the death of Norman Lipman. The award honors and acknowledges individuals who demonstrate character, achievement and spirit as outstanding as the man for whom the award is named. Kix Brooks has achieved worldwide success as a country music star, but has also been an instrumental part of Nashville’s wine community through his generosity and entrepreneurship.
On Leadership, Kix Brooks had both the passion and vision to develop a beautiful winery in Arrington, TN, where wine lovers could gather and taste wines made on the property in a picturesque setting. As a longtime lover of wine, Kix’s entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to make this vision a reality. Kip Summers, Arrington Vineyard’s winemaker notes that Kix is “not one to sit by and wait for others to do something – he rolls up his sleeves and gets it done.” Whether he is on stage during l’Ete du Vin leading donors to raise their paddles, offering his home as a venue for Nashville Wine Auction events or donating from his personal cellar, Kix has been instrumental in helping raise funds to fight cancer.
On Community Involvement, Kix celebrates the ethos of genuine engagement with organizations for which he is a part. As someone whose family has been affected by cancer, Kix’s commitment to fighting the disease remains steadfast. Kix serves on many boards – including the Monroe Carell Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and Operation Finally Home – because of his interest in improving the community in which he lives. In 2014, Kix was the inaugural recipient of the Country Music Association’s Humanitarian Award – a testament to his spirit of giving back.
“We are honored to present the Norman M. Lipman Award to Kix Brooks,” said Chase Cole, Chairman of the Board of Nashville Wine Auction. “Kix’s ‘Leadership and Community Involvement’ have helped Nashville Wine Auction support our beneficiaries so we can fight – and hopefully find a cure for cancer. Thank you, Kix, for all you have done for Nashville Wine Auction.”
ABOUT NORMAN LIPMAN: Norman Lipman is remembered by many as a generous humanitarian and a national leader of the wine and spirits industry. He was a founder and zealous supporter of l’Eté du Vin, the country’s oldest charity wine auction. Lipman left a legacy of success, and Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $20 million in support of its charitable beneficiaries and the fight against cancer since 1980.
Though his triumphs are unforgettable, Lipman always identified, celebrated and fostered the achievement of others. The award is presented annually in Lipman’s memory and in recognition of individuals who have embraced the humanitarian qualities of wisdom, courage, optimism, commitment and integrity in their personal and professional lives. To continue his tradition of encouragement, nominators are asked to name a person they feel is especially worthy of recognition for his or her positive personal attributes.
ABOUT KIX BROOKS: After selling over 30 million albums, scoring 23-chart topping hits and 80 major industry awards, Country music superstar Kix Brooks is one-half the best-selling duo in country music history, Brooks & Dunn. The solo touring/recording artist simultaneously explores entrepreneurial paths with lead acting and film producer credits, three CMA “National Broadcast Personality of The Year” awards for American Country Countdown, hosting his Kickin It with Kix radio show and the release of his first-ever cookbook.Brooks & Dunn will continue their residency as part of Reba, Brooks & Dunn Together In Vegas beginning May 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which has seen 18 consecutive sellouts. For more information, visit www.kixbrooks.com.
ABOUT THE NORMAN M. LIPMAN AWARD: The public commemoration of the Norman Lipman Award is a specially commissioned sculpture, Man of Love and Wisdom, by Tennessee artist Terry Williams. The twelve-foot, steel sculpture features a figure striding forward to offer assistance with his hand stretched out in compassion. An owl, the ancient symbol of divine perception and wisdom, rests on his shoulder. It is on permanent loan to Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville where Norman Lipman received treatment and comfort during his final illness. The sculpture is housed in a private atrium where the families of cancer patients can retire for peace and reflection.
Past recipients have included leading figures from the wine and spirits industry, as well as private individuals noted for their love of wine and their respect for those who produce it, such as Robert Mondavi, Marvin L. Shanken, Jim Clendenen and Billy Ray Hearn. Last year’s recipient was David Morgan. Each recipient of the Norman M. Lipman Award receives a steel replica of the owl from Man of Love and Wisdom, as a unique recognition of his or her achievement.
ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION: Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. Throughout the year, Nashville Wine Auction hosts four major events – Pairings: The Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend, l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest Running Charity Wine Auction, Champagne and Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies and The Mens’ Event. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised over $20 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care, and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee. The 2016 list of beneficiaries includes: American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Gilda’s Club Nashville, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Saint Thomas Cancer Network.