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There are many ways to support the Pella Opera House!

Did you know it takes much more than ticket sales to bring live entertainment to the Pella community each year? Ticket sales cover only 20% of the Pella Opera House’s annual expenses. The remaining 80% is provided by charitable contributions from friends like you, businesses, foundations and grants.

Did you know it can cost up to $20,000 to produce a Pella Opera House production? Did you know the Pella Opera House commits $10,000 each year to education and community outreach programs? Did you know the Pella Opera House is the only museum in the area that provides access and tours for free? These are just some of the ways your gift impacts the Pella Opera House and our community.

There are many ways to make a gift to the Pella Opera House and each gift option has potential tax benefits to the member who itemizes his or her deductions. Under the new tax laws, you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution up to $100,000 from your IRA if you are over 70-1/2 years old. Please review the options on our site and donate today. Discover the various ways you truly can make a difference. For additional information on becoming a member of the Pella Opera House, please contact Heidi Kelley at heidi@pellaoperahouse.org or call (641) 628-8625.

Corporate Support
Corporate support from local and national companies is essential to the Pella Opera House’s ability to maintain its position as a cultural leader in Southeast Iowa. More than 60 businesses in our community understand the economic benefits of partnering with the Pella Opera House – both for themselves and for our entire region.

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Why the Pella Opera House is an Essential Part of the Community:
Live entertainment performances keep discretionary spending in Pella. Performance-goers eat in area restaurants, visit area shops, tour other historic places, stay in area hotels, and pay taxes on these services. Our children’s classroom learning is enriched through the Pella Opera House’s touring productions of Shakespeare and American Classic theatre programs. The Pella Opera House’s presence enhances the entire region’s quality of life, helping chambers and businesses recruit other businesses and employees.

How Partnering with the Pella Opera House Benefits Your Business:
More than one-half (56%) of those with an interest in the arts say they would almost always or frequently patronize a business that sponsors arts organizations or cultural events over one that does not. Almost one-half (48%) of Americans with an interest in arts and cultural events expressed higher trust in companies that sponsor these events. *

The Pella Opera House offers unique opportunities to reach Pella Opera House single ticket buyers, historians, members, supporters and the Southeast Iowa community through sponsorship and children’s education program underwriting. As a Pella Opera House corporate supporter, area businesses are able to:

  • Develop and/or strengthen corporate branding and awareness efforts.
  • Reach highly desirable, affluent and loyal audiences with a message about your company, brand, product and/or service.
  • Maximize your corporate advertising investment by utilizing a cost-effective alternative to traditional advertising vehicles – the audience defines the relevance of your message and therefore guarantees likely acceptance and success.
  • Enhance your current marketing efforts through grass roots, lifestyle-based marketing.
  • Establish a powerful association with one of Pella’s oldest and most prestigious cultural and historic organizations.

Ways Your Business Can Ensure the Cultural Vitality in Pella and Surrounding Communities:
Businesses may become involved with the Pella Opera House in the following ways —

PRODUCTION SPONSORSHIP
Sponsorship of a Pella Opera House production offers your company broad community exposure through print and radio advertisement, in-hall recognition and customer and employee appreciation through entertainment value. Sponsorship benefits include production tickets and pre-concert, intermission and post-concert receptions. All sponsorship options will enable your business to maximize its support of the Pella Opera House to further its advertising, marketing and public relations objectives by demonstrating its presence and commitment to the quality of life in Pella, while entertaining clients, executives and employees in a sophisticated manner.

EDUCATION PROGRAM UNDERWRITING
By underwriting the Pella Opera House’s children’s education offerings, your business makes an investment in Pella’s future. All education programs strengthen our region’s schools by enhancing our children’s ability to learn other classroom subjects through arts and social studies education. According to The College Entrance Examination Board, children who receive arts education at an early age score higher on standardized tests such as the SAT and reading proficiency exams because early sensory and motor development influences later cognitive, perception and language skills.

If your business is interested in a Pella Opera House concert sponsorship or underwriting a Pella Opera House education program, please contact Heidi Kelley at (641) 628-8625 or email at heidi@pellaoperahouse.org for a customized proposal.

PROGRAM BOOK ADVERTISING
Support the Pella Opera House while enhancing the visibility of your business. We produce 5,000 program books annually. Click here for sponsor packet

*Performance Research, Inc.

PELLA OPERA HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND

Play Your Part Now and Leave Your Legacy
Give a gift that will help the Pella Opera House now and in the future. During varying economic conditions, the Endowment Fund provides financial stability to the Pella Opera House’s operations so that a historically significant building on the National Register as well as live performances maintain their fundamental place in Pella’s cultural life. As the Pella Opera House experiences a renaissance, your gift ensures the power and beauty where culture meets history in Marion County for generations to come. Play your part now.

Planned Giving Society – Join Today!
Planned gifts are a simple way to leave your legacy through a bequest, charitable trust, gift annuity, life insurance, retirement plan or gift of personal property. The Planned Giving Society recognizes donors who have generously contributed to secure the future of the Pella Opera House. Planned gifts can be directed to Heidi Kelley, Executive Director of the Pella Opera House at (641) 628-8625.

MEMBERSHIP
Gifts to the Annual Membership Fund ensure that the Pella Opera House will continue to bring the finest cultural programs to our community. Annual Membership Fund gifts help to provide artistic excellence, vibrant programming, and stimulating educational and community outreach programs.

Annual gifts of all sizes are put to immediate use by the Pella Opera House to hire artists and performers, musicians, staff, develop artistic and educational programs, present concerts, provide free tours, maintain the opera house and fund operational expenses.

The Pella Opera House is grateful for the generous support it receives each year. This investment reflects the commitment from the community to the Pella Opera House’s health and vitality, and the interest in its past, present and future. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and are critical to the Pella Opera House’s continued growth and success.

Membership Levels:
Bronze: $100 – includes 2 tickets and recognition in the program book
Silver: $250 – includes 4 tickets and recognition in the program book
Gold: $500 – includes 6 tickets and recognition in the event program book
Sapphire: $1000 – includes 6 tickets, recognition in the event program book and backstage passes
Platinum: $2000 – includes 6 tickets, recognition in the event program book and 10% employee discount