The Smith’s 125th Birthday Endowed Support for Continuing Maintenance

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Smith Center for the Arts, we give thanks for the generosity of our spectacular community.

The next 125 years are filled with promise for The Smith Opera House thanks, in part, to funds raised in celebration of the first 125 years.

To mark this milestone birthday, celebrated on October 26th, we sought $125,000 from our community for an endowed “Fund for Continuing Maintenance.” Thanks to a generous $50,000 matching leadership gift by Dave and Brenda Rickey, the final amount raised will be more than $180,000.

We also thank the other members of the Board’s Membership and Annual Support Committee: Joan Grela, Jan Regan, Tony Shelton, and Sally Webster. Nearly 200 Smith friends and neighbors contributed to the successful campaign. See a full list of donors here.

The Endowment will provide a much needed financial resource that will help with the job of producing 21st century events in an 18th century building. It is invested in two indexed mutual funds with a slight weighting toward stocks. Should the budget for maintenance and repairs at the Opera House require support from the endowment, the Smith Board of Directors can authorize a distribution of earnings or capital appreciation from the funds for these purposes.

Please accept our sincere thanks; we couldn’t do it without you!

Mitch Wilber, Chair of the Smith Board of Directors
Mara O’Laughlin, Chair of the Smith Board’s Membership and Annual Support Committee