The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) recently announced its plan to raise $9.3 million dollars by the middle of June. The money raised will help support 34 performing arts groups throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
"The performing arts are indispensable to the vitality of our region," said Cristy Garcia-Thomas, president of UPAF. "UPAF’s 34 performing arts groups enrich lives, build a sense of community, attract and retain high-level professionals in our region and change the lives of over 400,000 children through education and outreach every year.”
The campaign announcement was made at Bayshore Town Center during the organization’s Kick-Off Party.
UPAF also announced that the Kelben Foundation has offered a $100,000 Leadership Challenge grant that will match all new and increased individual gifts of $500 or more received from March 1 to May 15. If UPAF is successful in reaching the $100,000 goal, the Kelben Foundation will offer an additional $25,000 Challenge Grant for new and increased gifts received from May 16 to June 22.
"I believe the arts strengthen both the economy as well as the fabric of our community,"said Linda Mellowes, community leader and campaign co-chair. "The incredible theatre, music and dance offered by UPAF Member Groups provide each of us with unique experiences that reach us in profound ways."
"The United Performing Arts Fund plays a big part in making our community a unique and wonderful place to live, work and raise our families," said Ted Kellner, president of Milwaukee-based Fiduciary Management and campaign co-chair. " UPAF Member Groups provide a myriad of education and outreach programs ensuring that the arts are accessible to all, and their diverse array of fabulous performances attracts businesses and new talent to our area."
For more information about UPAF and for UPAF Member and Affiliate season schedules and ticket information please visit www.upaf.org.