We are pleased to introduce two couples who will serve as co-chairs for our 2015–16 Performing Arts Fund campaign, and who shared with us their appreciation for the arts.
Chuck and Betty Baudler Horras have called Ames home for decades. Betty hails from Fontanelle and Chuck from Fairfield. Events at Stephens Auditorium have been part of their lives since each arrived in Ames
Betty is a retired broadcaster, who owned and operated KASI and KCCQ in Ames and KIKD in Carroll, and is now involved with Sign Pro. She serves on the boards of First National Bank & Ames National Bank, is a Rotarian, and is a current trustee member and past chair of Youth and Shelter Services Foundation. Chuck retired from Cargill and Monsanto and now works in seed sales with Dow Agro Science.He has been involved with coaching youth activities and as a men-tor with the Ames schools.
Great music in all forms appeals to Chuck and Betty, including crowd favorites Mamma Mia, this year’s Million Dollar Quartet and tribute bands like The Fab Four and Arrival — the Music of Abba.The mix of compelling stories and period music from Ragtime also made their list of favorites — and we are thrilled that show returns in February of 2016. Betty noted how fun it was to see the great singing and dancing at Anything Goes and at last year’s performance of Memphis, and she especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet the actors after the show.
“We value what the Performing Arts Series brings to our community. If we value something, we are pleased to be able to support that venue, business, or endeavor and we hope others will, too. It is wonderful to walk into the auditorium and enjoy a performance. You can’t help but feel good and feel like you are enjoying a BIG CITY experience.”
Chuck and Betty Baudler Horras
Music has always been vital in the lives of the Willa and Dave Holger. Willa is a re-tired music teacher, private piano teacher and she performs and volunteers with numerous Ames and Central Iowa music ensembles.Dave is the Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Dean ofthe Graduate College at Iowa State. Attending Minnesota Orchestra concerts as a college student helped to create his life-long love for classical music, particularly orchestral music.
One of the most memorable events for the Holgers was the performance of flutist Sir James Galway with the Polish Chamber Orchestra in 2006. “Meeting the musicians after the concert is such a great enhancement to the experience,” Willa noted.
When the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields visited Ames twice in the 1990s, the Holgers were thrilled with their superior musicianship as the harmonies soared in the terrific acoustics of Stephens Auditorium.
As a member of the Ames International Orchestra Festival Association (AIOFA) Board, Willa works to support and build audiences for the orchestral concerts presented on the Performing Arts Series. She pointed out that some of the lesser-known ensembles at Stephens Auditorium have presented works of astonishing beauty and wonderful talent, as was exemplified this spring by the State Symphony of Mexico.
“Our lives have been enriched by the many performances we have attended here, and we hope that our efforts and those of our friends and colleagues in Ames and the surrounding area will enable those experiences to continue for the next generations of central Iowans.”
Willa and Dave Holger
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 77% of the cost of presenting performances.