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FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES “NO GALA” CAMPAIGN

The Van Wezel Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, the Inspiration Gala, provides direct support for arts integration programs that serve tens of thousands of students, educators, and families each year. This year, we invite you to be inspired and make a direct impact by participating in our No Gala Campaign.

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INSPIRATION GALA VOTED BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

We are pleased to share the exciting news that the Van Wezel Foundation’s 2020 Inspiration Gala was voted BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT for the Herald Tribune’s Reader’s Choice awards. The awards were announced in today’s issue of the Sunday newspaper. It is an honor to receive the first-place spot– especially in

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CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF LILLIAN HUISKING

Lillian Huisking always loved the arts. Lillian spent her final years in a retirement community, taking the bus to Van Wezel shows. “The Van Wezel really improved the last 10 years of her life,” said Charlie Huisking, her son (pictured above with his mother).  “She loved live performances and fully

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AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST LYNDA BLACKMON LOWERY HOLDS TALKBACK

Thanks to the generosity of the Van Wezel Foundation Friends and donors, the Foundation partnered with the Van Wezel’s Education department to host a Zoom live talkback with author Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest participant in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A musical adaptation of Lowery’s memoir,

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HONOR A SPECIAL SOMEONE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

The Van Wezel Foundation wants to help you recognize someone special in your life by sending them a valentine on your behalf. From now through Sunday, February 14th, you can make a donation to the Foundation in honor of that special someone, and the Foundation will send a valentine to

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INSPIRING ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS SERVE OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY

Now more than ever, students need our support to thrive in these uncertain times. Throughout the year, school districts, early learning centers and community partners have had to pivot to adapt to virtual and in-classroom learning in a COVID world. Through it all, arts education and integration programs from the

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Donor Spotlight: Meet Vern and Liliana Chalfant

Philanthropists Vern and Liliana Chalfant are champions of the performing arts and arts education throughout our community. In addition, Vern serves as a board member of the Van Wezel Foundation, chairs the Foundation’s Finance Committee and sits on the Strategic Planning Committee. Their passion for the arts and making a

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