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Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts forms

Volunteer group adds extra support to Tempe’s new arts facility

Tempe, AZ – The Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts has been formed by community leaders whose mission is to support the artistic activities of the Tempe Center for the Arts through grants, series funding, special projects, events and educational programs.

The group is offering memberships good through the end of 2008 with a variety of benefits.

“What was once a dream and a strategic goal of the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission has become a stunning reality,” said Gail Fisher, president and founder of the Friends. “We are rolling out the Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts to coincide with the announcement of opening weekend activities at the center on Sept. 7, 8, and 9.”

Memberships range from $100 for individuals up to $5,000 for individual/couple or corporate patrons. A Founder Donor Circle membership at $1,500 includes two tickets to the Grand Opening Gala on Sept. 9, recognition on a theater chair and lobby donor wall, invitations to artists’ receptions and a 10 percent discount in the TCA gift shop. The Grand Opening Gala is a fundraiser for the Friends.

Funds for the TCA were made possible by the citizen-driven “Yes on Prop 400” campaign, which convinced Tempe voters to support a sales tax to fund the TCA. Many of the individuals who organized that campaign have formed the Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts.

Others involved in the Friends include: Dianne Cripe, vice president; Kathy Stevens, secretary; and Scott Essex, treasurer. Board members are Scott Burge, Barb Carter, Brooke Corley, Mel Kessler, Robin Trick and honorary board member Virginia Tinsley, a longtime Tempe arts supporter.

More information on the Friends is available at <> or by calling 480-350-2884.

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