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With your support, the arts come to life at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

You’ve likely heard us say that ticket sales alone don't make a season successful. 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 Lake Michigan College Mendel Center.

Specifically, your gift helps:

Improve the region’s quality of life
Tens of thousands of 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.


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Ways to Give

Lake Michigan College Foundation
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

For more information or to discuss contribution options, please contact George Kendall at or 269-927-8125.

2023-2024 Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Individual Supporters
as of Jan. 15, 2024

Producer’s Circle | $2,500+
Rolfe B. Jenkins
Lorraine & Charles Jespersen
Robert D. Humberg

Performer | $500 - $999
Lewis Burchard
Paul Jacques
Marcia Wiinamaki

Associate | $100 - $499
Anonymous (3)
Bruce & Elizabeth Bauer
Bob & Mary Beth Burke
Sheryl & Norman Burns
Clark Family
Doris Claudon
Stephen Dissette
Debra Friday
Jerry & Sharon Gathright
Mary Beth Good
Brent & Kerri Helgoth
Lisa Peeples-Hurst in honor of Dr. Gladys- Peeples-Burks
Doug L. Jaques & Kathy Laake
Tom Konieczny
Kathy Manning
Linda McPherson
Robert & Nancy Schilling
Karen & Jerry Schlaack
Antonette Sdao
Deanna & Phil Signor
Sandy Snodgrass
John Solecki
Patricia Taplick & Dan Groteke
Mary Jo Tomasini & Fred Malawski
Gary & Nancy Walker
Laverne & Paul Wilhite
Larry Wozniak

Friend | $50 - $99
Sammye Bale
Rosemarie Reissmann
Erna Felgner
Jay & Renee Hardman



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Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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