A Season for Giving

December 28th, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

You might think there’s not a lot to be said about the week between Christmas and the turn of the New Year. Many folks are either enjoying a well-earned break from the daily grind or, if they’ve continued to come in and punch the clock, are likely taking advantage of the quiet that comes from everybody else taking a break.

Not so for those of us that work with donors. December is always big month for charitable giving, be it because people have suddenly remembered that making donations can lead to deductions on their taxes or simply because, well… it’s a season where giving is in the air. So I am here at the office, writing notes, taking calls, and generally making merry as we head into the close of 2010.

Since Thanksgiving, CAPA’s theatres have played host to everything from the always fantastic CSO Holiday Pops and The Nutcracker from BalletMet to CATCO-Phoenix’s productions of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and The Santaland Diaries. Along with these events from resident arts groups, we can’t overlook CAPA’s own presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as well as a host of other events like Dave Koz, Mannheim Steamroller, and Rock of Ages. Maybe you’re one of the more than 83,000 people that visited the theatres just during this time. If so, we hope that your experience has left you with some wonderful memories shared with friends and loved ones.

Supporting CAPA helps make experiences like these possible for you and for many others. In fact, a donation to CAPA not only helps us maintain our city’s magnificent theatres, but it enables us to better serve our resident arts companies, provide educational outreach to local schools, and supports the presentation of some of some of the best entertainment in town. Contributing to CAPA can have an impact on thousands upon thousands of people each year, both in and out of the theatre. One gift touches many people, and we hope that this year you will remember that as you finish making your charitable contributions.

You can learn more and make a donation online by visiting the Support section of capa.com. As always, thanks for your support of our city’s arts community. Best wishes from all of us at CAPA for a fantastic 2011.

A Look Back at the 2010 CAPA Gala

May 21st, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

One of my responsibilities here at CAPA is the planning and coordination of the annual CAPA Gala. The Gala is really the only major fundraising event that CAPA holds on an annual basis. As you can imagine, if you’re only doing one big shindig a year, it’s really got to be something. Thankfully, I work with many individuals who have really great ideas and are dedicated to making this a great event. Our Gala chairs, planning committee, and fellow staffers really stepped up to pull off a fantastic evening in support of CAPA, which raised about $135,000.

A Look at the CAPA GalaThis year’s Gala was held on Friday, April 30, at the Southern Theatre and the Grand Ballroom at the adjoining Westin Columbus. We always hold the Gala at one of our theatres (it’s been at the Ohio for the last two years and at the Palace in 2007), but this was the one I had been waiting for. The Southern is my favorite of the CAPA theatres, not to mention that it’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful space and it’s in the same building as an equally beautiful hotel.

The evening’s “Broadway Bound” theme highlighted CAPA’s new partnership with Broadway Across America, and we tried to add a lot of “awards ceremony” flair to the event. When guests arrived, they walked the red carpet and mingled on the Southern’s stage to enjoy a cocktail or two. The program for the evening showcased the upcoming Broadway season and featured singer Sarah Hiance and pianist Nathan Laing performing songs from those shows. The Gala patrons then moved to the Westin for a fabulous dinner (the entree was Mongolian Marinated Petite Fillet with Five-Spiced Salmon. We can’t say enough about the excellent work done by the Westin’s chef and staff), with yet more music by another talented local musician, pianist and singer Matt Munhall. Following dinner, our guests returned to the Southern for dessert and dancing on the stage, getting to cut loose to classic tunes covered by the Bill Foley Band.

By all accounts, it was a much enjoyed event. You can see for yourself at the web site of our photographers for the evening, Ben Simon and Emily Scott: http://www.bensimonstudio.com/.

A Look at the CAPA GalaThe best part of this year’s Gala, however, wasn’t that we raised money, promoted CAPA, or even just threw a great party. We had the pleasure of honoring two individuals who have made significant contributions both to CAPA and to our community–Barbara and Dr. Ralph Lach. We got to hear from family and friends about the remarkable impact that the Lachs have made. To show our gratitude for their commitment and many years of service (Barbara has been on the CAPA Board since 1980), CAPA is officially renaming the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office in their honor. As our central ticket office, it’s one of the places at CAPA that, like the Lachs, truly touches all of our theatres.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the 2010 CAPA Gala a success.

Out With The Old…

April 29th, 2010 by admin

By Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

Life for many of us here has been interesting for the last couple of weeks, although not for the reasons you might suspect. While CAPA’s new agreement to provide administrative services to the CSO is what you might be seeing in the papers, there’s been a project of pretty big significance going on in the background for the last several months–CAPA is moving to a new database and ticketing system. The work of the last several months has reached a peak–staff are being trained, the final touches are being put in place, and oh so very soon we’ll be up and fully running on the new system, Archtics.

So what does this new system mean for you? Here are a couple of the highlights:

New online ordering: Once it’s hooked up to capa.com, Archtics will allow patrons with CAPA membership benefits to place their presale and preferred seating tickets online and pick out their seats when placing an order.

Manage your own information: Same deal–you can now go to capa.com and log into the account manager to change your contact info, email list subscriptions, or even make or renew a donation to CAPA. (Which is my favorite part, of course.)

And, just to tie it all together, let me point out that a lot of the funding for projects like this comes from donors like you. Donations made to CAPA don’t just do things like pay the bills. They also become investments that come back around to benefit you.

CAPA helps Columbus Symphony Orchestra with Shared Services

March 31st, 2010 by Rolanda Copley

by Rolanda Copley, CAPA Publicist

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and CAPA will soon share more than the Ohio Theatre. Just announced today, both organizations will enter into a five-year management agreement beginning April 5.  What this means is that CAPA will begin providing many back office services to the CSO, including accounting, ticketing, and marketing, among others.

CAPA President and CEO Bill Conner will serve as the volunteer Managing Director and CEO of the Symphony, and current CSO President Roland Valliere will continue in that role, also taking on the responsibilities of Chief Creative Officer.

While there is much work ahead, this is a win-win relationship for everyone. At CAPA, we can continue to fulfill our mission to serve the arts community in Columbus. For the CSO, the cost savings will help enable them to continue to present live, classical music performances in Columbus. And the central Ohio community will be able to continue enjoying the CSO performances they’ve come to know and love whether it be pops, classical, holiday pops, Picnic with the Pops, or all of the above.

CAPA is proud to partner with the CSO, and we look forward to a bright future for classical music in Columbus!

Here’s what people are saying:

“The Symphony is one of the great cultural and arts resources in our community. The new agreement with CAPA can provide significant stability to their organization and enable them to continue serving Columbus.”
-Doug Kridler, President and CEO, The Columbus Foundation

“Collaboration is vital across all aspects of our community, and we applaud this new business model. This agreement between CAPA and the CSO is a unique, homegrown model which will leverage the strengths of these two existing community organizations while saving money and holding down costs. A healthy and sustainable orchestra is important to our city’s economic development and this plan should move us toward that common goal.”
– Alex Fischer, CEO, Columbus Partnership

“This new partnership in Columbus between a performing arts organization, the symphony, and musicians is truly unique. Coupled with a new vision of sharing music through the internet and cell phone applications, as well as traditional live concerts, this model could be a new blueprint for orchestral music in our country.”
Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, The League of American Orchestras

“This truly remarkable partnership marks a unique approach to leverage artistic and managerial resources between two significant contributors to arts and culture in Columbus. The resulting new platform is designed to create new synergies for success at the local level and marks yet another business model that orchestras and other arts providers across the nation might consider.”
-Wayne S. Brown, Director of Music and Opera, National Endowment for the Arts

“CAPA has been a great corporate citizen to Columbus. We applaud their support of the CSO and this city.”
-Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman

Ed. note: To read the press release about the operations, click here.