The BEF will recognize the 15-year anniversary of the dedication of the Schottenstein Theatre and the completion of the BEF’s Campaign for the Performing Arts with a Celebration of the Arts on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Bexley High School’s Schottenstein Theatre. The Campaign for the Performing Arts was launched in 2001 with the goal of raising $2.1 million to renovate the theaters in the Cassingham Complex and to enhance the performance space at Maryland Elementary. The Schottenstein Theater was named in honor of the lead donors to the campaign, Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein.
The high school theater lobby was named in honor of gifts made by the Jeffrey Family, the Main Entrance Lobby was named for the generosity of Jeanne Bonnet McCoy and the theater stage recognizes the generosity of Bexley Staff. Other areas around the high school theater and on the first and second floors of the high school Arts Wing, as well as spaces at Maryland Elementary, were named in honor of major donors to the campaign. All campaign donors are invited to attend the celebration, including those who participated in the “Buy a Seat” fundraising effort. Individuals who made a $1,000 campaign gift could have an engraved plate placed on a seat in the Cassingham or High School theaters. Over 200 seats were sold to parents, alumni and community members.
The Celebration the Arts event will feature student performances and is free and open to the community.