You’ve likely heard us say that ticket sales can’t do it all. There has always been a need for generous supporters to bring our community together and enrich the lives of people of every age and walk of life through the work of The Mendel Center.
Specifically, your gift helps:
Improve the region’s quality of life
More than 40,000 people attend events each year at The Mendel Center. Ready access to culturally enriching events and activities helps businesses attract a highly skilled workforce, aids in attracting employers to our area, and provides leisure activities for residents of all ages.
Strengthen community bonds
The Mendel Center is home to events presented by community organizations that bring people together. Among them are the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Lest We Forget, Blossomtime, Southshore Concert Band, and more!
Inspire the next generation
For many local young people, their first experience with the wonders of live theater and events is at The Mendel Center. It’s this first-hand connection that can inspire creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.
Promote a global perspective
The Mendel Center brings world-renowned speakers, experts, and performing artists from across the country and around the world to southwest Michigan, providing our community with a worldview of ideas and cultures.
Support tourism & economic vitality
Nearly 20% of in-person event attendance at The Mendel Center comes from outside Berrien County, supporting the local tourism industry, and introducing thousands of people to the all that our corner of Michigan offers. It also provides area residents with options that keep dollars in our community.
We hope you will consider a gift to support Mendel Center programming through the General Operating Fund, Premiere Partners, or Arts Factor – all of which allow us to continue providing opportunities for our community to enjoy personally enriching activities.
Lake Michigan College Foundation
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
For more information or to discuss contribution options, please contact Mike Nadolski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-927-8109.
2021-2022 Mendel Center Contributors
Thank you to the following individuals who have already made the decision to support The Mendel Center. We extend our deepest appreciation for your generosity.
Nancy & J.C. Anderson
Carole & Don Hodgman
Rolfe B. Jenkins
Carol Sizer, in honor of Steve Sizer
The Frederick S. Upton Foundation
Robert & Janine Harrison
Lorraine & Charles Jespersen
Jim & Joan Smith
Susan Anderson & Jeff Smith
Daniel F. Hopp
Mark & Jean Penwell, in honor of food service personnel during COVID
Doug & Peg Schaffer
Silver Beach Pizza
In memory of Joyce Stockman, 25 year Mendel Center Volunteer
Walter & Nila Wells
Ron & Roseann Schramm
Mary Jo Tomasini & Fred Malawski
Mary Jo Tomasini & Fred Malawski, in memory of Kay Tomasini
Lisa & Jeffrey Bartoszek
Earl James & Claudette Becher
Jeff & Ann Brennan
Bob & Stephanie Burch
Norman & Sheryl Burns
Frank & Susan Conklin
Peter & Patrice Emmerson
Roger & Joyce Foley
Bill & Denise Foust
Mike & Liz Garey, in honor of Eleanore Vellmure
Mary Beth Good
Theresa & Greg Harrison
J.B. & Karen Hoyt
Jackie & Andy Kohn
Inge L. Longpre, in memory of Gregory Longpre
Patrick & Carolyn Lynch
Linda McPherson & Terry Wainright
Bruce W. Nitz
Jack & Phyllis Norris
Mary Rose & Craig Nowicki
Edmund & Kathleen Paloyan
Renate & Michael Pennington
Glenn & Mary Pietenpol
Richard & Toni Rabbers
Pamela & Steve Robinson
Ebon & Cidni Sanders
Jerry & Karen Schlaack
G. Jean McNees & Sandy Snodgrass
Patricia Taplick & Daniel Groteke
Linda & Boyd Timm
Mary Beth Varney
Gene Warren & Phil Sala
Contributors as of 1/12/2022