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Become Part of The Smith Family

At the Smith Opera House, our continued ability to deliver quality programming, cultural enrichment and education depends on the continued participation of hundreds of members, volunteers and sponsors.

The Smith Center For The Arts Capital Campaign “Center Stage Act II” is underway. This campaign has accomplished installation of air-conditioning early this summer and is planning restoration work to the facade, stage rigging and lighting, projection booth, and the loading dock. The Smith Center For The Arts is the place where community comes together. Please see below on ways that you can contribute to this most important effort.

1. An Outright Cash Gift:

The easiest way to support the Smith is through an outright gift by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to the Smith Center for the Arts and mailed to:

The Smith Center For The Arts, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456

To give a gift using a credit card please call the Smith at 315-781-5483 or (toll-free) 866-355-5483 or click on the “Donate Now” button on the web page. And don’t forget, you may be able to double your gift with a matching gift from your employer.

2. Gifts of Appreciated Stock, Bonds or Mutual Funds:

A gift of appreciated securities is an easy and convenient way to support the Smith while providing a double benefit: a charitable deduction, in most cases for the full fair-market value of the property – plus avoidance of long-term capital gain tax.

Electronic transfer of stock
First step:

Please notify Jan Regan at the Smith before you initiate the transfer. Let her know the name of the securities you wish to give and approximately how many shares you will be gifting. Also give Jan the name, address, and phone number of your broker or investment representative. This will enable her to give you the proper credit once the stock is received. Jan can be reached at jregan@thesmith.org or 315-781-5488 or (toll-free) 866-355-5483.

Second Step:

Let your broker or investment advisor know you wish to make a gift of the stock to the Smith Center for the Arts. Give them the following information about the Smith’s account:

Edward D. Jones
DTC: 0057
Smith Center for the Arts Account: 621-13078-1-1
If you wish to make a gift of stock in certificate form, or if you have any questions, please contact Jan.

3. Planned Gifts

You may choose to support the Campaign by including the Smith Center for the Arts in your estate plans. A simple bequest may be included in your will. By remembering the Smith in your will, you will know that your generosity will support the Smith in years to come through a lasting legacy. Alternatively, you might consider designating a portion of your retirement plan or life insurance policy for the Smith. If you have or are considering a charitable remainder trust, you can name the Smith as a beneficiary. All donors who choose a planned gift as a vehicle for contributions will be members of the Mary Lienk Circle, our recognition society for those who have made a commitment to the Smith through a deferred giving vehicle.

During the early years of The Smith’s restoration, local philanthropist Mary Lienk decided The Smith Opera House needed its own piano so artists of all ages and levels of proficiency could play, so she offered to donate one. A small group of knowledgeable volunteers agreed to advise her on the selection. After considering several options, the piano group visited the Steinway & Sons showroom in New York City to select the Model D nine-foot concert grand. The piano made its debut on November 18, 1995. The piano continues to inspire and delight audiences and performers alike.

Ever mindful of the future, and the continuing need to support the arts, Mary Lienk named The Smith in her estate plans. Her bequest stands as a shining example of how a benefactor can create an individual legacy with a significant impact. We honor Mary Lienk’s foresight and generosity.