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Circle of Friends

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The Circle of Friends has been the community support organization of the Clark State Performing Arts Center since 1996.  The Friends assist the Center in providing quality performances in a first class facility to a wide regional audience, while helping to preserve the area's cultural heritage.

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 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

Topaz ($50 - $99)

  • Advance opportunities to buy tickets before the general public
  • Early notification of added events
  • Recognition in the program book
  • Two (2) free tickets to one Club Kuss show
  • Access to discounted Rush Tickets (day of the performance only)


Sapphire ($100 - $249)

Benefits listed above, plus:

  • Recognition on the lobby donor board
  • A FREE non-alcoholic beverage with purchase at the concession stand


Ruby ($250 - $499)

Benefits listed above, plus:

  • Invitations to special events.
  • Two (2) free tickets to one show of your choice


Emerald ($500 - $999)

Benefits listed above, plus:

  • Private back-stage tour with up to six friends (scheduled in advance)
  • 15% discount on many shows


Diamond ($1,000 and up)

Benefits listed above, plus:

  • Exclusive access to Hall of Honor
  • Free concessions (including alcohol)
  • Opportunities to meet the performer(s)
  • Invitation to a Broadway show load-in
  • Opportunity to watch a show from back-stage for two people

 Circle of Friends Committee - 2017-18

Adele Adkins, Executive Director, Performing Arts Center Sue Evans Gay Minette
Dana Bennett Kris Hiltz Steve Neely
Teresa Demana Lori Houseman Brian Roberts
Sunny Dhingra Otto Larson  
Mark Elliott, Chair, Circle of Friends Committee Catie Maher, Director, Clark State Foundation  

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

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