Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Launches Community Initiatives

Throughout Holiday Season

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce a slate of new community initiatives for the months of November and December. Beginning November 2nd to December 2nd, WHBPAC invites patrons and community members to be a part of its charitable food drive to collect donations for local food pantries. On November 24th from 1pm-7pm EST, the theatre will be home to its first-ever blood drive in collaboration with the New York Blood Center. And throughout December, contributions to Toys for Tots may be dropped off at the theatre’s box office, located at 76 Main Street.

As a leading live performing arts institution on Long Island, WHBPAC has had to reimagine how to continue its mission in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, which shuttered the historic theatre in March 2020 and forced it to reschedule its summer lineup.

“Our mission is to bring the arts to audiences in compelling ways, but also to serve as a beacon of positivity while enriching our community,” said Julienne Penza-Boone, Executive Director of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

“While we face many challenges, it is good to be reminded that perspective is everything. The NYBC is experiencing a 75% shortage in the blood supply – that is a life or death challenge, and we can help to tackle it,” says Penza-Boone.

Those wishing to donate may do so by making an appointment in advance (no walk-ins will be permitted due to COVID-19 guidelines) https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/285578.

While the live events industry is at an impasse as it awaits reopening guidelines from New York State, the staff of WHBPAC has been finding new ways to keep the arts alive and help the East End communities we serve. To combat food insecurity with their food drive, the theatre is keenly aware of the effects of the pandemic. After hearing about the long lines at local food pantries, WHBPAC Director of Sales Allison Frost initially launched the food collection to help “drive out hunger” in partnership with the theatre’s rare concert film drive-in series in October, collecting over one hundred pounds of canned and boxed goods, which  were donated to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach. Donations may be made to the drop-box in the theatre’s main lobby.

Each year, WHBPAC collects toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program – the foundation raises funds, purchases toys, provides promotional and support materials, manages all funds raised and donated, solicits corporate support, educates the public, and handles day-to-day operations. Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually. “This year, we’re hoping to see that donation box overflowing with gifts that will be given to those who are in need,” says Penza-Boone.

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Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is a year-round, community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization, founded in 1997, that serves patrons on the East End and beyond. We are a vibrant venue committed to providing a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts and meeting the cultural aspiration of the area by:

  • Presenting world-class performing arts, music, dance, comedy, and cinema from around the world.
  • Providing premier arts education programs to the widest and most diverse audiences, regardless of socioeconomic status.
  • It is also our mission to contribute positively to the local economy and to enrich the community’s quality of life.

 

www.whbpac.org

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