Emotional event breaks tradition, hands out lone award

From right, Joe Riley of Jackson Hospital and Janet McQueen of Jackson Hospital receive the Helen Steineker Community Award from Ashley Ledbetter during the Business in the Arts Awards on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala.(Photo: Albert Cesare / Advertiser)

From right, Joe Riley of Jackson Hospital and Janet McQueen of Jackson Hospital receive the Helen Steineker Community Award from Ashley Ledbetter during the Business in the Arts Awards on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala.(Photo: Albert Cesare / Advertiser)

Through laughter and tears, area leaders spent much of an annual awards ceremony remembering Montgomery arts scene fixture Helen Steineker. Then they broke from 30 years of tradition to hand out just a single award this year, one that was renamed in her honor.

Steineker was the manager of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra for more than 25 years. She died in December 2013 after a short illness.

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