“An Evening of Upscale Country” at Haue Valley in Pacific will kick off the East Central College Foundation’s 2014-15 Patrons of the Arts series.
The event will be held Friday, June 20, featuring The Fox Creek Band.
The Patrons program benefits the art, theater and music departments at the community college and provides scholarships.
A welcome, social hour and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner and entertainment from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will end at 9 p.m.
“We invite everyone to come out and help support the fine and performing arts at East Central College,” said Shannon Grus, ECC Foundation executive director.
“The kickoff is an opportunity to enjoy great food and drink with fabulous entertainment in a gorgeous summer setting,” she said.
The silent auction will feature several “unique” items, Grus said, including an evening with the Friends of Aaron Jazz Group (Aaron Bounds is the director of bands at ECC); an evening of Christmas caroling with Dr. Tim Sexton, (ECC director of choirs) and a vocal group; as well as piano lessons, guitar lessons and pottery lessons with ECC faculty.
As part of the Patrons program, members receive tickets to the June 20 event and other Patrons performances, recognition in advertising, and early bird ticketing.
“Employers can use the tickets to award staff members, thank customers or package with other items, such as a dinner gift certificate, to donate for auctions and other special events,” Grus said.
The highest sponsorship level, the Encore Circle, is a planned gift society with lifetime benefits.
Other sponsorship opportunities are as follows:
Marquee — $5,000 and up, includes 10 tickets to all Patrons perfomances and events; Arianna Quartet CD and Patrons tote bag; and headline sponsorship for two events.
Grand — $2,500-4,999, includes eight tickets to all Patrons performances and events; Arianna Quartet CD and Patrons tote bag; and headline sponsorship for one event.
Spotlight — $1,000-2,499, includes six tickets to all Patrons performances and events; Arianna Quartet CD; and Patrons tote bag.
Premier — $500-999, includes four tickets to all Patrons performances and events; Arianna Quartet CD; and two extra tickets to two performances.
Front Row — $250-499, includes two tickets to all Patrons performances and events; Arianna Quartet CD; and two extra tickets to one performance.
Center Stage — $100-249, includes one ticket to all Patrons performances and events; and Arianna Quartet CD.
Star — $50-99, includes one ticket to four performances; Patrons key chain; and discount ticket to kickoff event.
Understudy — $1-49, includes one ticket to four performances; and Patrons key chain.
Dress for the Patrons of the Arts event is summer casual.
The Patron Series includes theater performances, musicals, art exhibits, jazz evenings and lectures throughout the 2014-15 year.
For more information about the upcoming Patrons event, people may call the Foundation office, 636-584-6506. The deadline to reserve tickets is June 13.