Palace Theatre Trust


2023 Goals:

• Further the organization’s commitment to increasing access to the performing arts for youth and individuals across the region through the Palace Youth Theatre (PYT) and Palace Academy.
• Raise funds for the Palace Youth Theatre Campaign to grow scholarship and financial aid fund and make necessary facility improvements and reduce annual overhead costs at Forever Emma Studios, the home of PYT.
• Continue to deliver on the growing cultural and entertainment needs of the community while providing educational opportunities for people of all ages and operating in a fiscally responsible manner.

Fundraising Events:

• Annual Forever Emma Golf Tournament (September): held in honor of one of the Palace’s most memorable young performers, Emma Bechert. Funds raised from the event are used to provide scholarships to high school seniors who are graduating from Palace Youth Theatre.
• Night of 1000 Stars: an evening of youth theatre performances that includes a silent auction and is held to raise funds for PYT scholarships, financial assistance and programming.
• Sponsorship of professional series shows, presenting and tribute shows, Palace Youth Theatre programming, community festivals and other shows produced by the organization and held at the Rex Theatre or in the Spotlight Room, two of the other Palace Theatre Trust-owned venues.
• Various donor receptions, community-based fundraisers and theatre-run programs.

Giving Opportunities:

The Palace Theatres welcomes and appreciates financial and in-kind support at any time during the year. Gifts allow us to continue providing top-notch professional entertainment and opportunities for youth to learn about the fundamentals of live art and performing.

Memberships are also critical to maintaining what the theatres offer to the community. All memberships, at any level of commitment, include benefits like discounts, behind-the-scenes access, advance notice of shows, free tickets and more.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Palace Theatres are always in need of customer service-oriented volunteer ushers. These individuals are critical to the Palace Theatres and serve as a friendly face greeting and seating patrons.

Business and community leaders and arts supporters are also invited to serve as members of our Community Advisory Board. This group meets quarterly and is responsible for helping to promote the activities of the theatres in the community. It also helps the organization grow its supporter base and build relationships with individuals and corporate partners.

Board Officers   /   Board Members

Michael Perrella, Sr.
Bellwether Community Credit Union

Atty. David Eby
Vice Chair
Devine Millimet

Mark LaPrade

Doug Blais, Ph.D.
School of Business, SNHU

Robert Baines
Former Mayor of Manchester

Ernesto Burden
Yankee Publishing, Inc.

Joe Carelli
Citizens Bank

Ron Covey, Jr.
St. Mary’s Bank

Sarah B. Demers
Merrill Lynch

Sylvio L. Dupuis. O.D.
MCPHS University

Donna Gamache
Eversource Energy

Joe Graham
iHeart Media Group

Beth Houlis

John MacNeil
Moody Street Pictures

Camille Madden
HarborOne Mortgage

Roland A. Martin II
Cornerstone PDC, LLC

Sharron McCarthy
Girls Inc.

Jason McKinney
John Hancock Investments

Katie McQuaid
EVR Advertising

Dr. Holly Mintz
Elliot Hospital

Lucia A. Merritt
CPA (Retired)

Atty. Jennifer Parent
McLane Middleton Professional Assoc.

Peter Ramsey
Palace Theatres

Mike Reed
Stebbins Commercial Properties

Michael Skelton
Business and Industry Assoc. of New Hampshire

Howard Brodsky

CCA Global Partners

Judith Jolton

Atty. Maria Law
Rath Young Pignatelli

William E. Stevens P.E.
Harvey Construction Corp.

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