The campaign to fund more high-quality arts experiences at Stephens Auditorium kicks off a new year with the announcement of the incoming Performing Arts Fund co-chairs, Beverly and Warren Madden and Maggie and Brent Wynja. All four co-chairs are long-time attendees at Stephens Auditorium who hope to steer the 2012-2013 annual giving campaign to new heights.
In making the announcement, Iowa State Center General Manager Mark North noted that the Performing Arts Fund directly underwrites special prices for youth and families as well as audience enhancement activities like previews, master classes and workshops. He continued, “The arts are a source of inspiration that provide a window into our fascinating global culture, and our loyal donors help us to offer reasonable prices so that these shows are truly “for everyone.”
Warren Madden is Vice-President Business & Finance at Iowa State University and Beverly is retired from the Office of Career Planning and Placement. Brent Wynja is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Des Moines and Maggie owns the American Country store in downtown Ames.
When asked why they love the arts at Stephens, the co-chairs were enthusiastic:
The Maddens said “What we value about the performing arts at Stephens Auditorium is not only the diversity of performances, but the quality venue with its incredible acoustics. Iowa State has a fine tradition of enhancing the university and community life with world-class concerts. We are pleased to be able to continue to support this tradition at Stephens.”
The Wynjas, like many of our long-term donors, feel “We are so lucky to have one of the best performing arts facilities in the country in our own back yard in Ames, IA. It is a joy to go to Stephens Auditorium. The performances and music available to us here are incredible.”
The Performing Arts Fund at Stephens Auditorium helps to underwrite rising talent fees and keep tickets affordable. This support is vital because ticket revenue provides only 65% of the cost of presenting performances.