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First Lady Ginger Beebe delivers 'Legacy Dinner' keynote
Searcy was visited by a familiar face last month at Center on the Square’s ‘Legacy Dinner’ held at the Robbins-Sanford Grand Hall.
Arkansas’ First Lady, Ginger Beebe, joined a group of the community theater’s most loyal supporters to deliver the evening’s keynote address. The group was assembled to kick-off a yearlong advancement campaign designed to meet critical needs of the growing organization.
Beebe, who has been a member of Center on the Square’s Board of Directors since it was founded in 2003, spoke on the importance of the arts and the vital role Center on the Square has played in the Searcy community for almost a decade.
“Governor and Mrs. Beebe have been very supportive of the work of the theater through the years,” said Artistic Director Caleb Keese. “We were honored to have the First Lady here to support us during this important time in the organization’s history.”
Keese, who has served as Artistic Director for more than a year, also spoke outlining the goals and objectives of the campaign. Improved education programs, updates to facilities, and initiatives that bring in a variety of outside artists and multi-cultural programming have all been earmarked for the future of the theater.
Campaign Director Mike Woodall also spoke, outlining the ways everyone can get involved, and calling the group to action. “Center on the Square has begun a legacy of making this community a better place to live—we want to ensure that our children and grandchildren have a place like this long after we’re gone. We’re calling on everyone in the community, individuals, businesses, and civic groups to help us safeguard that legacy.”
For more information about Center on the Square, its programs, or how you can get involved in the Legacy Advancement Campaign, call 501-368-0111, or visit their website at www.centeronthesquare.org.
The Performing Arts Center on the Square is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the expansion and appreciation of the performing arts in the region. Contributions are welcome and are tax-deductible. Center on the Square is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Arkansas Department of Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Center on the Square is handicapped accessible for all performances and interpretation for the deaf is available at the Thursday evening performance of the show by request.