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The Circle of Friends has been the community support organization of the Clark State Performing Arts Center since 1996.  The Circle of Friends exists to preserve, promote and enhance the arts community and the Clark State Performing Arts and Conference Center for generations to come.

Circle of Friends Vision

We enrich the growth of our thriving and vibrant community with performances and special events.

We offer a variety of giving levels and benefits (listed below) but appreciate any donation that you wish to give - every dollar counts!  Your donation provides essential on-going support of the Clark State Performing Arts Center as follows: 

  • Support the Performing Arts Center’s goal of artistic excellence in the performing arts.
  • Educate and inspire area youth and enhance school curriculum.
  • Ensure the future of the Performing Arts Center, the facility and its ongoing service to the area.
  • Support vibrant and diverse programming, from the greatest music artists and Broadway shows to world music and children’s programming.
  • Keep the Performing Arts Center's expenses as low as possible for all our wonderful Resident Arts Groups like the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Arts Council.

For more information or questions, please contact the Performing Arts Center at 937.328.3841.

Choose Your Level

Topaz ($50 - $99)  Make a Donation

Sapphire ($100 - $249)  Make a Donation

Ruby ($250 - $499)  Make a Donation

Emerald ($500 - $999)  Make a Donation

Diamond ($1,000 and up)  Make a Donation

Enjoy your benefits for the 2018/2019 season!

Topaz ($50 - $99)

Advance opportunities to buy tickets before the general public

Early notification of added events

Recognition in our event programs

Access to discounted Rush Tickets when available (available the day of the performance only)

Sapphire ($100 - $249)

Benefits listed above, plus:

Two free tickets to one Music show

One free non-alcoholic beverage with purchase at concessions

Ruby ($250 - $499)

Benefits listed above, plus:

Invitations to special events

Two free tickets to one Clark State show of your choice (with the exception of Broadway shows.)

Emerald ($500 - $999)

Benefits listed above, plus:

Private back-stage tour with up to six friends*

Diamond ($1,000 and up)

Benefits listed above, plus:

Free Concessions

Exclusive access to Hall of Honor*

Opportunities to meet the performer(s)*

Invitation to a Broadway show load-in*

Opportunity to watch a show from back-stage for two people*


*Benefits available upon request and with advance notice.


 Circle of Friends Committee - 2017-2018

Dana Bennett Sue Evans  
Wendy DeLong Lori Houseman  
Teresa Demana Gay Minette  
Sunny Dhingra Steve Neely  
Mark Elliott, Chair Brian Roberts  

Circle of Friends:  The Founder’s Award

The Circle of Friends created the Founder’s Award in 2004 during the Center's 10th Birthday, to recognize and honor those individuals or businesses who have contributed significantly to the success and sustainability of the Performing Arts Center.

Recognizing the importance of community support and individual service to the continued excellence of the Performing Arts Center, the Friends honor one individual or business each year at the annual gala. The honoree is presented with a sculpture by Michael Major; combining some of the mass shapes of the Performing Arts Center to create a performing figure, celebrating generous giving and artistic excellence.

Founder’s Award Recipients

2004   Richard L. Kuss | Albert A. Salerno | Harry M. Turner

2005   Fred Leventhal

2006   John Field

2007   Jim Foreman

2008   Dwight W. and Jane P. Hollenbeck

2009   James H. and Nike D. Lagos

2010   Security National Bank

2011   David Hartley and David Hobson

2012   Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Thalia Pavlatos

2013   Dr. Karen E. Rafinski

2014   Randy Kapp

2015   Plato and Tina Pavlatos

2016   Speedway

2017   Michael and Pauline Chakeres

2018   John Landess

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