Broward Performing Arts Foundation Appoints Ann Burris and Shawn Sackman to Board


Ann Burris and Shawn Sackman

Ann Burris and Shawn Sackman have been named to the Board of Directors for the Broward Performing Arts Foundation.

An ardent supporter of the Broward Center for a number of years, Ann Burris is a member of both the Founders’ Club and the Sterling Society. Among her numerous volunteer activities, Ann previously served as a board member of Seafarers’ House, serving as chair of the organization’s annual Golden Compass Award Dinner for four years, raising $250,000 annually. She also served as a board member of St. Mark’s Episcopal School and as chair of underwriting for St. Thomas Aquinas High School for two years, resulting in the highest ever sponsorship contribution of more than $205,000. Ann identifies, negotiates and manages nonprofit relationships for the premier cruise line Holland America Line in the South Florida market. She has more than 20 years of experience as a telecommunications executive, with expertise in sales management, customer service and marketing, and travel industry public and community relations. She is a resident of Fort Lauderdale.

With more than 13 years of commercial banking industry experience, Shawn Sackman joined SunTrust Bank in 2004 and was named Broward County Market President in 2011. SunTrust Bank has supported the Broward Center for 30 years, providing significant representation on the Foundation board over the years, including founding chairman Robert Lochrie, Jr. and more recently Margaret Callihan. Active in many South Florida organizations, Shawn currently serves as a board member of Junior Achievement of Broward County, Urban League of Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. He was previously a board member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Shawn is a resident of Parkland.

For more than 25 years, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation has been instrumental in providing support for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Foundation was established in 1985 to deliver the required private funding to build the Center and create an endowment to sustain its operations. Over the years, the Foundation has successfully raised funds to support the Broward Center’s innovative and diverse programming, arts-in-education initiatives, community engagement activities and capital projects. Most recently, the Foundation raised $60 million to complete the Encore! capital campaign to renovate, renew and revitalize the Broward Center.

About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive LATAM AIRLINES CLUB LEVEL, spectacular riverfront views for special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 150,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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