Wednesday, June 3, 2015

DCCA Recognizes Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust For Contributions to the Arts in Darke County

DCCA Executive Director, Andrea Jordan with past president
and original committee member of the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust,
Peter Hemer, who recently retired after serving the community for 25 years.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust Fund for their contributions to DCCA’s 2014-2015 Roots & Wings season, helping DCCA encourage cultural enrichment in the community. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to be in a community that values the arts, and is sincerely thankful for the generosity of the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust Fund and its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community through the arts.”

The generous ongoing support from the Stephens Memorial has contributed greatly to the arts organization’s ability to continue bringing high quality performing artists to the community. The Stephens Memorial helps underwrite all DCCA programs – Artist Series which brings world class artists to St. Clair Memorial Hall; Family Theatre Series which presents, at a very reasonable ticket price, theatrical productions based on classic children’s literature; Coffee House Series which takes patrons to smaller venues throughout the county for a more intimate arts experience; and Arts In Education which takes artists to the audience, presenting performances to all grade levels in each local school district.

Over the past 25 years the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust Fund has distributed over $1.5 million to the benefit of Greenville area residents. Mr. Stephens’ generous contribution to the residents of the Greenville area is in harmony with his lifetime of service and dedication and will enhance the community well into the future.

Distributions from the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust Fund are made in June and December each year and only the interest income from the fund can be distributed for charitable, educational, scientific, literary and/or religious purposes. Current Trust Fund Committee members include Dianna Wagner (President), Jennifer Bish, Dr. Michael Fourman, Alan Greiner, and Becky Jenkinson.

DCCA’s desire is to offer quality programming, encouraging cultural enrichment in our community, and to do our part to make Darke County, Ohio a great place to live. For more information contact the DCCA office at (937)547-0908 or

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