We’re pleased to announce the largest matching gift Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has ever received! The $200,000 challenge gift exceeds by 30 percent a similar gift offered two years ago. Thanks to the generosity of major donors, Jean King and Lynn and Joan Seppala, any new gift or pledge made between November 1 and December 31, 2018 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000. All proceeds will go to support Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and provides funds for events at the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, as well as educational outreach, student ticket subsidies, and free community cultural events. Scott Kenison, Executive Director, expressed appreciation for this significant opportunity to increase fundraising power. “Jean, Lynn and Joan have been longstanding and very generous supporters of the arts in Livermore. We hope their leadership will encourage the entire community to step forward and help us not just meet, but exceed the goal.”
The past year has seen positive momentum for the organization in a number of areas. The Producer’s Circle fund has more than doubled in the past 12 months. Established last year, the Producer’s Circle was established last year to sponsor guest artists and support projects that expand and stretch the organization’s artistic efforts or reach new audiences. In addition, we reached a funding milestone in our Green the Bankhead project, allowing us to begin implementation. Incandescent stage lights have already been replaced with LED models which are more energy efficient, generate less heat, and can be programmed more easily. Other planned improvements include installing solar panels and low-flow water fixtures, replacing worn carpet with more environmentally-friendly materials, and modifying offices and other spaces to make better use of natural light.
As Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center had a very successful 2017-2018 season and carries no long-term debt, Scott also sees this as an ideal time for this matching gift campaign. “We are working hard to secure our future and meeting this challenge goal will help us get there. We want to continue to provide the community with a vibrant arts center offering exciting entertainment, cultural celebrations and the opportunity to be touched by art,” he said. The organization has broadened its efforts in the past year, growing the Livermore Innovation Fair, adding affordable events such as the Classic Film Musical series, and taking on new challenges such as producing last month’s stage-on-stage theatrical experience, “Red” by John Logan.
COMMUNITY FOR THE ARTS
An independent 501(c)3 non-profit, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is a community-funded organization. It is not owned by the City of Livermore and relies on generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. As with nearly every arts center in the country, ticket sales cover only half of the total cost of presenting performances and events. “We know this community recognizes the importance of the arts. They have come forward generously in the past and we believe they will do so again,” Scott said. More are taking an active role; there are now more Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center members than there have ever been before and the organization is working to broaden its reach. A new 35MM level, established this year, gives mainstage membership to applicants under the age of 35 at a reduced rate.
Donations for the challenge can be made at any time online and gifts of securities also qualify for the one-to-one match. For more information about gifts of securities or other types of donations, including legacy gifts, the Producer’s Circle, and the Green the Bankhead project, contact Chris Carter Director of Development and Communications at 925-583-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org