“On Sunday, May 28th, Balboa Theatre played host to the 4th annual Ben Vereen Awards. Championing the arts was a popular theme through the evening as Vereen’s organization Wellness Through the Arts awarded teens who submitted essays on how the arts helped them overcome personal strife with $500 checks.
Vereen was also gifted with a surprise honor during the evening. Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, on behalf of the San Diego City Council, issued a decree that May 28th would be known as Ben Vereen Day. A visibly emotional Vereen was greeted by a standing ovation from those in attendance.”