Center postpones annual gala to 2021

5/15/2020 12AM

Founded at Indiana University, Straight No Chaser has become one of the world's top a cappella groups.

Straight No Chaser still set to headline rescheduled fundraiser


CARMEL, IN – The Center for the Performing Arts is postponing its largest annual fundraising event in response to ongoing public health concerns.


Originally set for Sept. 12, the 10th Anniversary Gala presented by Krieg DeVault has been rescheduled for Sept 17, 2021. The annual event, which last year netted more than $300,000 to support the Center’s artistic and educational programming, typically includes a dinner, auction, presentations, performances and receptions.


“We’ve spent a lot of time planning for the 2020 gala to be our best ever, and that seems unlikely under the current circumstances,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center and the Great American Songbook Foundation. “The event is essentially sold out, as is the trend, so we hope to keep the key details in place and gather in person with our friends and supporters next year to truly celebrate the first decade of the Center’s history.”


The previously scheduled headliner, acclaimed a cappella ensemble Straight No Chaser, has been booked again to perform on the new date. The co-chairs of this year’s Gala Committee, Carmel residents Eric and Leah Payne and Ron and Suzanne Mencias, will continue in those roles in 2021.


More information is available at For reservations, email or call (317) 819-3534.


About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. The campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes a 1,600-seat concert hall, the Palladium; a 500-seat proscenium theater, the Tarkington; and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident companies: Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony. The Center also provides educational and experiential programming for people of all ages. More information is available at