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Frank and Katrina Basile to lend resources and name to Center

Indianapolis (Jan. 14, 2010) - The Regional Performing Arts Center (RPAC) in Carmel announced yesterday that local philanthropists, Frank and Katrina Basile, have pledged a $500,000 gift to the Center. In recognition of this substantial contribution, the RPAC will name the gift shop and café, which will be located in the Center's concert hall, for the Basile's.

Frank Basile, who is a professional speaker and writer and retired executive of the Gene B. Glick Co., joined the Regional Performing Arts Center Foundation's board of directors in November of 2009. His wife Katrina is a Realtor.

"We are pleased that the Basiles have come forward with this generous gift," said Steven Libman, Executive Director of the RPAC. "They have a long-standing tradition of supporting the arts in Central Indiana, and we are honored that they have opted to continue this tradition by contributing not only their financial resources, but also their time and talents in support of the Regional Performing Arts Center."

"Katrina and I believe that the Regional Performing Arts Center will help increase the audience for all of the performing arts in Central Indiana as well as their donor base," said Basile. "That's why I agreed to serve on the board and make a financial contribution. I believe that this will be an exciting addition to the arts scene for the entire region."

The official names of the café and gift shop, which have yet to be determined, will be chosen collaboratively by the Basiles and RPAC executives. Construction on the café and gift shop will be completed in January of 2011 when the concert hall is slated to open.

When asked why he and his wife chose to make their contribution towards the gift shop and café, Basile said, "When Steven Libman asked what we would like to name in recognition for our contribution, we selected the gift shop, particularly because we feel that a gift shop helps to reinforce the organization's mission by the merchandise it carries while also providing people with the opportunity to take away a piece of the organization in the form of their purchase."

"The generous gift of the Basiles, particularly during these challenging economic times, is a sign of their great leadership and desire to strengthen the arts here in Central Indiana," said Libman. "It is the hope of the Basiles and the Regional Performing Arts Center that their gift will act as a springboard, encouraging others to support the Center as well."

Libman added that there are a number of ways to support the Regional Performing Arts Center including additional naming opportunities for other facilities within the Center.

The Regional Performing Arts Center, which is currently under construction in The Carmel City Center, will include a 1,600-seat concert hall, a 500-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and an outdoor amphitheatre. Set for completion in January of 2011, no other concert hall of its caliber exists in the area. The Center is being built to serve as a permanent fixture on the Central Indiana landscape and will provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences. The concert hall will also be home to the Michael Feinstein Foundation's Great American Songbook Collection, acting as a museum and education center by day and a concert venue by night.


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