Our Executive Director, Cindy Jobe, received the prestigious Individual Ozzie Award at the Flights of Fancy ceremony held at the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Saturday, October 14. The Ozzie Awards are given by the Springfield Regional Arts Council to local arts heroes who have gone above and beyond their professional duties to embody the pioneering, creative spirit of the Springfield arts scene.
Cindy has been our fearless leader for 30 years. Under her guidance, we facilitated innumerable art, music, sports, and cultural exchanges with our sister cities in Isesaki, Japan and Tlaquepaque, Mexico. She was instrumental in establishing the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens and the Peace Through People Pavilion, both located in the beautiful Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.
Cindy makes everything we do as Sister Cities possible. She embodies our mission of “peace through people” by promoting love and friendship in everything she does – especially in her work to bring Springfield closer and closer to Tlaquepaque and Isesaki. As Maite Moragrera, our friend visiting from Tlaquepaque, so appropriately said, “Cindy is a warrior of light.”
“Cindy is a warrior of light.”
The six man band from Tlaquepaque delighted guests at the Flights of Fancy cocktail reception and even inspired a conga line! Members of the band were our friends Enrique Ortiz (Maite’s husband), Manuel Orozco, Paco Padilla, Fernando Quintana, German Quintana, and Javier Iniguez.
After Cindy accepted her prestigious award, the band played again in Cindy’s honor. They played “Guerroros de Luz,” or “Warriors of Light.”
A huge thank you to everyone that attended this event in support of Cindy. We could not be more proud of her, and it meant so much to Cindy and Sister Cities to have you there.