William G. Gilroy | February 18, 2017
Two musicians and the founder of an after-school program for children in Kansas City’s urban core have been honored with Notre Dame Alumni Association awards. The awards were presented at the winter meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
The 2016 Rev. Anthony J. Lauck, C.S.C., Award, which recognizes alumni who have made achievements in fine arts and visual arts, is being presented to Chuck Perrin, class of 1969, for his success and dedication to bringing music to his community.
The 2016 Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, C.S.C., Award, which is given to alumni with outstanding achievement in performing arts, is being presented to jazz musician Gene Bertoncini, class of ’59.
And the William D. Reynolds Award, which recognizes exceptional work with youth, is being presented to Bradley Grabs, class of ’92, for his dedication to serving children in need.
As a student, Perrin was an active member of the campus creative scene. In addition to performing and acting, he operated a performance space that became an off-campus arts hub for interaction between teachers and students.
“Notre Dame taught me the value of being a part of a strong arts community and ignited in me a passion to keep the creative arts a vital part of my life,” Perrin said.
He has accomplished this by establishing Dizzy’s, an all-ages performance collective, much like the one he conceived at Notre Dame, in his hometown of San Diego.
“I made a place where artists can truly connect with audiences — where the music comes first,” he said. “Even better, my involvement keeps me inspired to continue to create my own music.”