Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 7:45 pm

3 Q-C arts supporters honored by Q-C Arts

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Quad City Arts honored three local residents with Lloyd Schoeneman Awards for their strong support of the arts at the nonprofit organization's annual meeting on Monday night at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

-- Amy Malmstead, an Augustana College graduate who works in the college's development office, was named Emerging Young Arts Supporter. While a student, she had an unpaid internship at Rock Island-based Quad City Arts, where she took on scheduling duties for the 3,500 volunteers for the group's largest fundraiser, Festival of Trees.

Ms. Malmstead is this year's volunteer chair of "Breakfast With Santa," a Festival of Trees event, and is coordinating "Fest Times," the newspaper insert created to support the festival.

"Amy's attitude is always positive and her energy infectious; she is completely reliable," according to Q-C Arts. "She is greatly appreciated, and we're confident the community will see great things from Amy in the years to come."

-- Ellis Kell was named Outstanding Community Arts Supporter. Well-known for his musical abilities, Mr. Kell has spent the past nine years as director of programming and community outreach at River Music Experience in Davenport. He donates countless hours to perform at fundraisers and events in the area, and he has helped fund music lessons for needy students through the foundation he established in his daughter's memory -- the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund.

"We are proud to honor Ellis Kell and appreciative of all he does, not only for Quad City Arts, but the community at large," according to Q-C Arts.

-- Rusty Unterzuber, who works for John Deere, also was recognized as Outstanding Community Arts Supporter. A Q-C Arts board member since 2007, he chairs the Performing Arts Committee and is instrumental in the Visiting Artists Series. He has worked at Festival of Trees and other fundraisers and he was specifically recognized for his "extraordinary efforts" beginning last November, when staff member, Susan Wahlmann, suffered a stroke.

Mr. Unterzuber was "quick to not only offer, but follow through," and was invaluable help to the organization, according to Q-C Arts. Last week, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend also honored him as an outstanding community volunteer.

Q-C Arts -- which is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts -- gives out these awards annually in memory of Mr. Schoeneman, a former leader of the group, who died of cancer at 49 in 2001.

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