At the February 1, 1990 BCPAC board meeting, the Special Projects committee recommended to give an award for an individual or organization who supports the arts in the community. The board approved the idea and hence, the Bravo! Award was born. The Bravo! Award name retired in 2000 and was changed to the name the Jackie Award. This name was given in recognition of Bradford Native and World Renowned Opera Singer, Marilyn Horne "Jackie", and was awarded to her when she came to town in the spring of 2000.
Long-time arts advocate H.L. “Woody” Woodruff was our most recipient of the Marilyn Horne Award for Excellence in Creative and Performing Arts, commonly known as the Jackie Award.
Shane Oschman, former president of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) board of directors, made the announcement prior to BCPAC’s January 2017 Jason Michael Carroll show. “Woody has made a real impact on the arts in our community,” Oschman said. “his early involvement in Bradford was instrumental in the BCPAC program we enjoy today.” After a four-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Woodruff moved to Bradford in 1954 to work for an auto dealership. In 1960, he established Woodruff Motors, offering Jeeps and used cars. In 1971, he joined The Bradford Era, from where he retired in 2000 as general manager.
Active in advancing the arts, Woodruff also led the non-profit Bradford Civic Music Association, which would become BCPAC in 1984. He and his wife, Pat, hosted numerous BCPAC bus trips to shows in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Buffalo, NY. Around the time of recieving the Jackie Award, Woodruff was also inducted as an honorary lifetime
member of Rotary International after 53 years with the organization. Some of his other accomplishments included co-founding The Era’s Less Fortunate Fund (ELF) in 1983; receiving the 2011 Lester Brauser Theatre Appreciation Award from the Bradford Little Theatre; and earning an Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award.