The Broome County Arts Council is handing out awards for people that promote arts and culture in our area.

On Wednesday, winners were announced for the 2016 Heart of the Arts and Lifetime achievement awards.

Hearts of the Arts winners included mosaic artist Emily Jablon, Department of Public Art Representative Peg Johnston, along with Harold and Toby Jean Manker.

The two are credited with instituting a classical music concert series at the Phelps Mansion Museum.

They say they never thought they would win.

“We never thought we would win.  We knew that we were nominated but we just sort of put it out of our minds because we thought it would be something that would never happen to us,” said Toby Manker.

“We were skeptical that we would ever achieve this award, but we’re certainly grateful for it,” said Harold Manker.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Timothy Perry.    

Perry is the conductor of the Binghamton Community Orchestra and also teaches and conducts at Binghamton University.

He says he’s proud to join an elite group of dedicated performers and organizers.

“I was just flabbergasted when I heard that I won.  I didn’t even know that I was nominated.  It’s a tremendous honor and I know some people who have received this very prestigious award.  I’m extremely gratified and honored to be in their company.  It’s a very select kind of club,” said Perry.

The honorees will be formally recognized at the 11th Hearts of the Arts Award Celebration ceremony.

It takes place September 19th at the DoubleTree Hotel.

Tickets are $55 for the public, and $50 for Arts Council Members.