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Joyce Raley Teel Receives Second Leadership Award from Arts & Business Council

Steadfast Supporter of the Arts Shines as Philanthropist, Community Leader

By Amy Davis | Wednesday October 21, 2009

West Sacramento, Calif. – Joyce Raley Teel’s mother would have been proud.

The owner and co-chairman of Raley’s credits her love of the arts to her mother, E. Claire Raley. She grew up seeing the arts as the way we feed the soul, and, because of that passion, she is a leading philanthropist to the local arts.

This is why, for the second time, Joyce Raley Teel, received the Individual Leadership award from the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento, a Chapter of Americans for the Arts. She earned the same honor in 2005, and, both times, has been honored for her significant impact on and contributions to the region’s cultural landscape.

“We were thrilled to have an opportunity to recognize Mrs. Teel,” said Michelle Alexander, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento. “Her leadership and contributions are a consistent presence in the arts community and will continue to be a legacy. She is a wonderful role model for both philanthropists and regional businesses alike.”

Demonstrating her advocacy of the arts, Mrs. Teel remains a leader in corporate giving in the Greater Sacramento area. Currently, she serves as the Honorary Campaign Chair of the Crocker Art Museum’s historic expansion project and has been instrumental in raising funds to make the expansion a reality in Sacramento. Once complete, the museum will triple in size, providing greater room for exhibitions and more opportunities for cultural and educational programs to meet a broad audience.

Mrs. Teel is lead donor of the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts – named in honor of her mother — which will serve four of the region’s premiere arts groups, the Sacramento Ballet, California Musical Theatre, the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. Through this revolutionary collaboration, the community will reap the benefits of the state-of-the-art dance school, rehearsal studios and rehearsal space under the same roof, for years to come.

Area residents also recognize Mrs. Teel for her philanthropic nature and passion to give, as she’s twice been named Best Philanthropist by readers of the monthly publication, Sacramento Magazine, in 2008 and once again this year.

About the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento:

The mission of the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento is?to promote partnerships between the business community and arts organizations?in order to enhance the economy and enrich the quality of life in the Sacramento region. Visit to learn more.

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