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 2017 Best Local Theatre Teacher Award Ballot is Open

San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, is asking the community to nominate and vote for the Best Local Theatre Teacher. The Best Local Theatre Teacher Award is part of the Ben Vereen Awards®, a competition for high school students who are talented in musical theater, including vocal, dance and acting performance. The winning teacher will receive a trip for two to New York City to attend the 2017 Jimmy® Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Students, parents, family members and friends can nominate and vote for a deserving theatre teacher in San Diego County who has made a positive difference in their life, the life of a child or in the community. To nominate and vote, visit facebook.com/sdccu, select the “Best Local Theatre Teacher” tab and nominate a local theatre teacher. Once a teacher is nominated and approved, the voting begins! Voters can return to the page daily through May 15, 2017. Nominations and voting will close on May 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. The Best Local Theatre Teacher Award will be presented at the 2017 Ben Vereen Awards on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. For the official rules, visit sdccu.com/sweepstakes.

“SDCCU is proud to recognize talented students in San Diego as well as the hard work and dedication of theatre teachers through the Best Local Theatre Teacher award. SDCCU has proudly sponsored the Ben Vereen Awards since its inception in 2014—one of the many ways we support youth, education and the arts in the community,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck.

The 2017 Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored by SDCCU and held in collaboration with Broadway/San Diego, is a unique scholarship opportunity for talented high school students who have chosen to pursue a career in musical theatre. This is the fourth year that Broadway/San Diego is producing the competition locally—it is the local branch of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards which has been in existence since 2009. Both the local and national competitions are programs of the Nederlander Organization.

The San Diego high school competition of the Ben Vereen Awards will be held at the Historic Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego on Sunday, May 28. It will include twenty leading female and male nominees, along with awarding Best Musical, Best Local Theatre Teacher and the top 5 Best Essay winners. The winning Best Actor and Best Actress performers and teachers will be flown to New York City for a week of intensive training before they compete in the national finals, The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, on a Broadway stage for $10,000 toward a college scholarship on Monday, June 26, 2017.

San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $8.1 billion, over 348,000 customers, 41 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today’s lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. SDCCU is leading the way, offering FREE Checking with eStatements, SDCCU Mobile Deposit, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit sdccu.com.