Written by Philomena Dorobek, Brand Storyteller
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
This esteemed award from the Fox Cities P.A.C. recognizes members, businesses, or organizations within the community who show exemplary involvement and support in the Center’s mission. There are a few points of criteria that are carefully considered when determining qualified persons, such as volunteerism, financial contributions, and community involvement. Due to the pandemic, the Chairman’s Gala/Crescendo, and recognition of the Distinguished Service Award has not been held since 2019. This led to three recipients for the Distinguished Services Award to be honored at the Gala this year due to their dedication to the live performing arts. They are:
Before the Center broke ground in 2002, Kimberly-Clark was already a dedicated and generous partner, serving on the Board of Directors since its formation and providing a passionate and valued voice to the arts. In true philanthropic practice, Kimberly-Clark has donated toward the Keystone Fund multiple times, most recently a $250,000 gift, and are the title partner for the Broadway Across America-Fox Cities Series. Firmly believing in the power of the live performing arts, Kimberly-Clark is a key component to the Center’s shared vision.
John Krause (2020)
Serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for three terms and as a Trustee, John has been a fundamental resource for our community. He has worked diligently to ensure financial stability for the Center through significant financial contributions and assistance in fundraising efforts. John was a key player in preparing the Center for all possible pandemic scenarios, most notably by working to establish the Act 2 Fund. John has been instrumental in ensuring the Center’s longevity, displaying great leadership and dedication in all he does.
Angelo Ninivaggi (2021)
Angelo has served an extended term as Chairman of the Board, and currently serves as Chairman of the Governance Committee. He is the first in his position to reimagine the annual Chairman’s Gala, creating Crescendo and expanding the event’s reach further to the community. In his generous nature, Angelo and his wife Jennifer matched funds for the Act 2 Fund. Angelo’s steadfast dedication is unparalleled; his enthusiasm to help the community knows no bounds. He is a friend, mentor, and strong voice of advocacy for the arts in the Fox Cities.