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The late Jack Zink for whom the Spirit Award is named

The award-winning Mosaic Theatre is excited to announce the winners of the “Jack Zink Spirit Award” to be presented at the “Dial M for Mosaic Theatre Gala & Auction 2012” on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The Mosaic Theatre renamed its annual “Spirit Awards” in August of 2008 to honor legendary theatre critic, cultural arts leader and advocate, the late Jack Zink. The prestigious “Spirit Awards” recognize extraordinary people who help drive forward the mission of the Mosaic Theatre and cultural arts in Broward County. Award winners have demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, creativity, commitment and passion for the arts.

This year the Mosaic Theatre is thrilled to bestow the “Jack Zink Spirit Awards” upon Bill Hirschman and Publix Super Markets Charities. Wm. F. “Bill” Hirschman is the editor and chief critic for Florida Theater On Stage which he began with his wife, Oline H. Cogdill, in August as the latest act in a life that has intertwined journalism and the arts for more than 40 years. He has been a professional journalist since interning during high school in 1966 in Westchester County, New York. He began reviewing theater for the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 1998 and has written about the arts and reviewed books for several decades, especially books. His arts coverage has appeared in Variety, American Theatre magazine,, A & E Magazine, the Miami Herald among many other outlets. His work as the founding critic for the South Florida Theater Review won him first place for arts criticism in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards. He serves on the executive committee of the American Theatre Critics’ Association, treasurer of its Foundation and the chairman of its new plays competition which presents the Steinberg/ATCA Award.

The Publix Super Markets Charities has a longstanding tradition of support for the mission of the Mosaic Theatre and the arts in South Florida. Publix is a privately-held company operating stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, and was founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida. Jenkins founded Publix with the spirit of giving in mind. He was once asked, “If you hadn’t given away so much, how much do you think you would be worth today?” His response, without hesitation: “Probably nothing”. In tribute to his shining example, Publix Super Markets Charities continues to be a corporate giving leader and its philanthropic efforts continue to have a significant impact on youth, education, literacy, and the arts.

Tickets to join the winners at “Dial M for Mosaic Theatre Gala & Auction 2012” or tribute ads may be purchased by calling Mosaic Theatre at (954) 577-8243 or online at The Mosaic Theatre is located on the campus of American Heritage School, which is located at 12200 west Broward Blvd in Plantation, FL.