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Convention center rolls out opportunity to introduce more children to live entertainment

Nov 18, 2016

This holiday season, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is offering an opportunity to impact children and families with the gift of live entertainment.

The center is inviting individuals and businesses to sponsor one child and parent/guardian for $50 to “Send a Child to the Sondheim for Christmas.”

“The ancient proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ couldn’t be more accurate in today’s world,” said Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. “We take our responsibility of enriching and educating lives and providing opportunities to experience the benefits of live performances seriously. We have welcomed more than a quarter million people to the Sondheim theater to enjoy and celebrate live, enriching opportunities. We want to make a difference in the lives of children and families who haven’t experienced the thrill, emotion and exuberance of live performances.”

The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and contribute to the economic vitality of Southeast Iowa through education, entertainment, events and the performing arts. Along with family-friendly programming, school matinee performances, and the annual Summer Camp at the Sondheim, this program is a unique opportunity for patrons to support the arts in area youth and students, which is important for their academic success and social well-being.

“The opportunity for students to experience fine arts through a theatrical performance provides students an avenue that supports expanded vocabulary and listening skills,” said Laurie Noll, superintendent of Fairfield Community School District. “Students are able to visualize a story through dramatization which expands their critical thinking and broadens their ability to read the emotions of others.”

All gifts will be distributed Dec. 21 and 22 through Sieda Community Action’s Christmas Program.

Every $50 donated to the Send a Child to the Sondheim campaign sends one child and guardian to a performance of “A Year with Frog & Toad,” “Drumline Live!,” “Magic Bill of Blagg” or “Dinosaur Zoo.” This opportunity is open to anyone including students from surrounding communities.

“My favorite part of working at the center is getting to see young children and students witness live entertainment. Their excitement and amazement never get old,” said Kadie Dennison, development and marketing manager at the center. “There has never been an opportunity to give directly to this effort until now. I’m excited that people are able to share in the joy knowing they are treating these students to an experience they won’t soon forget. For many, this will be the first time in the Sondheim theater and maybe even their first time watching a live performance.”

For more information on making a tax-deductible donation to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, contact Dennison by calling 472-2000 ext. 104 or visiting the website www.FairfieldACC.com.

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