A Three-Night Arts Fundraising Event to Benefit the Jerry Brooks Legacy Fund Makes its Inaugural Run This Summer

CHANDLER, AZ – [June 18, 2012]  — During a season when many Valley businesses reach a slowing point, Chandler Center for the Arts will be keeping the momentum going with the summer “3 Evenings for the Arts” fundraiser.  Taking place on three separate nights, July 28th, August 25th and September 29th, the trio of acts will offer quality dance, acting and music performances as well as a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres served, giving audience members a unique and sophisticated theatre experience at a reasonable price.  Tickets are $125 for the series and $45 for individual show tickets.

Capitalizing on the overwhelmingly successful spring fundraiser, “Eat Your Art Out,” “3 Evenings for the Arts,” was designed in hopes of providing patrons with top-notch entertainment while generating support for Chandler Center for the Arts’ Jerry Brooks Legacy Fund.  The Jerry Brooks Legacy Fund was established by the Chandler Cultural Foundation to honor the former mayor’s love of the arts and years of stewardship at the Center.

Remembering Mr. Cole: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, performed by Tucson-based singer Joe Bourne will open the 3 Evenings for the Arts series on July 28th.  His warm voice and simple, elegant style reminiscent of the legendary Cole is backed by a trio comprised of Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky on piano, Matt Mitchell on guitar and Scott Black on bass.  The group will perform many of Cole’s classics, including “Unforgettable,” and “Mona Lisa.”

Kristen Drathman, Rusty Ferracance and Craig Bohmler are next to take the stage with Hollywood Sings – Classic Cinema Songs, on August 25th.  The repertoire of songs pay tribute to the glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood, bringing the feeling of old Hollywood romance to Chandler.

Closing out the series with a humorous and interactive treat is Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity…in Two Acts, by Vicki Quade, creator of the hit comedy, Late Night Catechism.  The show combines bible trivia, wacky prizes, bingo cards and audience participation that are sure to leave audience members laughing all the way out the door.

Accompanying hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, a live auction, silent auction and raffle will be held beginning at 6:30pm each night prior to each show.

Proceeds and donations from the summer event will benefit the lives of youth through enhancing their education and the overall quality of life in the community, both now and for future generations.


Event:   3 Evenings for the Arts 
Dates:   July 28 – Remembering Mr. Cole: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
              August 25 – Hollywood Sings: Classic Cinema Songs
              September 29 – Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity in Two Acts  
Times:   Live Auction, silent auction, raffle & hors d’oeuvres – 6:30pm before each show
All shows begin at 8:00pm
Tickets: $125 for the series, individual show tickets $45
Venue: Chandler Center for the Arts
Venue Address: 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225
Venue Website:

Located on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Blvd, the Chandler Center for the Arts is Arizona's leading collaborative arts institution dedicated to reaching out to audiences of all ages with the highest quality of artistic work to continuously inspire audiences and artists to dream, to discover, to create and celebrate.

The Chandler Center for the Arts serves as a creative driving force, educational resource, and economic engine of entertainment vitality in Chandler by making visual and live performance arts accessible to the entire population.


About Chandler Center for the Arts

The Chandler Center for the Arts is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District.  The Chandler Cultural Foundation was contracted in 1989 by the City of Chandler as a means to facilitate programming and fund development for the Chandler Center for the Arts.  

As a nonprofit organization, the Center relies on a variety of funding sources to help underwrite internationally acclaimed artists, educate young audiences, create important community programs and maintain our remarkable facility. Ticket sales and other earned income do not completely cover the costs of the Center’s numerous programs and education offerings. Only support from individuals, corporations, foundations and our public partners can make these programs possible.

Membership contributions sustain a spectacular array of services and programs and make Chandler a better place to live and visit. To become a member or to purchase tickets with no per-ticket fee, visit the Web site at