Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

This gala event kicks off our annual fund raising drive for the Luhrs Center. Our attendance at the gala is the largest to date. We are especially appreciative during these challenging economic times. Fortunately, people still want their entertainment, especially when it's in their own backyard.

The gala has raised over $35,000 this year. Others will be contacted over the next couple of months to renew or become members of the Circle of Friends.

I would like to thank everyone for helping to make the Luhrs Center THE premier performing arts center in our region by attending our performances.

We are very appreciative of your support of the Luhrs Center through their annual Circle of Friends contributions. Your contributions help to cover some of the production costs associated with these performances, and most importantly, help to keep ticket prices affordable for as many people as possible to enjoy live performances. (The University's financial commitment also helps to cover some of the Center's operating budget.)

There are currently 283 Circle of Friends members (couples included). There were 165 members last year. That's an increase of 118 -nearly 75%!!!

The Luhrs Center has exceeded the University's expectations. The box office has sold over 82,000 tickets since the Luhrs Center opened in 2006. Over 132,000 people have attended a performance, University function, or a private event since the Luhrs Center opened.

To date, there have been 19 sell-out performances including tonight's performance of Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles and Friday night's performance by Peter Paul & Mary.

Shippensburg University is pleased to have WITF as the presenting media sponsor for this evening's event. We'd like to recognize Bob Rich, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and two members of his staff who are joining us tonight. WITF recently launched WYPM 93.3, the new NPR station for listeners in Franklin and Adams counties.