Each year, Discover Durham hosts Durham's Annual Tribute Luncheon to honor individuals and groups who contribute to creating or preserving part of Durham's unique sense of place.
The theme for 2011 was Great Rhythm, Great Blues. Honorees were: the African American Dance Ensemble, the American Dance Festival, and the Bull Durham Blues Festival. These organizations have brought national recognition to Durham as they have worked tirelessly to achieve excellence in their fields. They are an important piece of the tapestry that comprises Durham's unique sense of place.