The Milley Awards, the City of Mill Valley’s annual chance to honor creative achievement and distinguished accomplishments in the arts, held its 20th Anniversary Ceremony Sunday night, with seven people and one art venue garnering this year’s recognition. 

The 2014 honorees included legendary comedian Mort Sahl, famed author Joyce Maynard, prolific music producer Scott Mathews, architect and former Mayor Christopher Raker and Daniel Patrick and Erma Murphy’s Murphy Productions, the event production and promotion company that has been an engine for the local arts scene for more than a decade. The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts received the Vera Schultz Award for its “lasting contributions to the cultural life of our community,” while Gage Schubert, longtime local supporter of the arts and the husband of the late, great puppeteer Lettie Schubert, received the Sali Lieberman Award, a lifetime achievement award for “individuals who embody Marin Theatre Company founder Sali Lieberman’s inspiration, courage and determination and who, like him, have contributed significantly to the cultural life of Mill Valley.”

Rita Abrams, best known for recording the song “Mill Valley” with her third grade class at Strawberry Point Elementary School in 1970, along with Milley Awards co-founder Abby Wasserman, served as emcees for the event. Abrams garnered a Milley in 1996 while Wasserman won the Sali Lieberman Award in 2009.

The Milley Award itself is a bronze statuette created by John Libberton of Sausalito. Here are brief bios of the 2014 Milley Award recipients. Click here for more info on the winners.

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