Meet the Mielkes
Posted May 17, 2017
Each year at the Annual Chairman’s Gala, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to member(s) of the community who have persistently served the cause of furthering the Center’s mission through advocacy and financial support. Their support ensures the Center continues to deliver programs that inspire and build communities.
Dr. John and Mrs. Sally Mielke were selected to be honored with the award this season for their overwhelming support of the Center since its creation. This includes supporting specific passion projects including educational programs and the Center’s week of community autism programming in 2016.
“Through informal education, art and beauty, the Center strives to introduce our youth to the theatrical art they can use for a lifetime,” the Mielkes said of the Education Series.
The Mielkes are also a key partner in the Broadway League’s Family First Nights® program, which will celebrate its tenth year partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to provide families in need the opportunity to enjoy live theater and engaging activities together in the 2017-18 Season.
“(The Family First Nights program allows) young families to mutually experience and discuss theater together and hopefully these families will see beyond their borders of today,” the Mielkes said.
“John and Sally have supported and advocated for the Center since day one. Their dedication to the Center’s mission has helped us to create programs and initiatives that have engaged and inspired so many. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor their philanthropy and partnership with this year’s Distinguished Service Award.” said Board of Directors Chair Beth Flaherty.
When asked why they continue to support the Center, their answer was quite simple.
“The (Fox Cities) P.A.C. brings out the best in our community through a rich variety of education and entertainment,” they answered.
The Mielkes explained that the arts’ ability to bring out the imagination and emotion of humans through education, joy, sorrow and health is the reason they are so vitally important in our community.
“(Supporting these programs) gives hope, education and entertainment to families that need it most.”