Premiere Partners

Supporting art from the heart.


The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center is able to bring first-rate arts and entertainment to the region…with the help of Premiere Partners.

Supporting Art From The Heart
Premiere Partners are individuals and companies who understand that their support is critical for The Mendel Center to be a success. They share a passion for keeping the arts and professional entertainment options thriving in southwest Michigan.

Your investment in the Mendel Center helps:

1. Improve the region’s quality of life
More than 40,000 people attend events each year at the Mendel Center Mainstage. Ready access to the arts helps businesses attract a highly skilled workforce, aids in attracting employers to our area, and provides leisure activities for residents of all ages.

2. Strengthen community bonds
The Mendel Center Mainstage is home to events presented by community organizations that bring people together. Among them are the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Lest We Forget, Blossomtime, Southshore Concert Band, and more!

3. Inspire the next generation
For many local young people, their first experience with the wonders of live theater is at the Mendel Center Mainstage. It’s this connection with the arts that can inspire creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.

4. Promote a global perspective
The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage brings world-renowned performing artists from across the country and across the globe here, providing our community with a world view of ideas and cultures.

5. Support tourism
Nearly 20% of Mendel Center Mainstage ticket sales come from outside Berrien County, supporting the local tourism industry, and introducing thousands of people to the all that our corner of Michigan offers.

6. Build a better economy
The Mendel Center Mainstage has an economic impact of more than $1.3 million annually, and helps support the equivalent of 35 full-time jobs while generating $700,000 in local household income and $100,000 in local and state government revenues.


Membership Levels & Benefits:

Friend: $50 – $249

  • Recognition on the Mainstage Lobby Premiere Partners display
  • Listing in the Mendel Mainstage 2016-2017 playbill

Supporter: $250 – $499

  • The benefit listed above, plus…
  • Priority purchasing of tickets to individual shows before they go on sale to the public during the 2017-2018 season

Sustainer: $500 – $999

  • The benefits listed above, plus…
  • Name plate on Mainstage seat (for first-time members at this level)
  • Priority ticket purchasing of Mainstage series tickets during the 2017-2018 season
  • Complimentary valet parking pass

Collaborator: $1,000 – $2,499

  • The benefits listed above, plus…
  • You and a guest will be invited to join the Lake Michigan College president at a special reception

Silver Circle

  • The benefits listed above, plus…
  • An exclusive backstage experience for two at the Mainstage show of your choice
  • One personalized signature from the approved Mainstage performer of your choice

Premiere Partner Ticketing Priority
Ticket purchasing benefits apply to the season following your donation. All other benefits apply to the season in which your donation is made.

  • Mainstage Series member ticket purchases
    Premiere Partners at the Sustainer level or higher may order series tickets (3 or more shows) during the annual series membership renewal period with priority seating over renewing Mainstage Series members who are not Premiere Partners, and over new Mainstage Series members.
  • Individual show ticket purchases
    Premiere Partners at the Supporter level or higher may order tickets to individual shows before they are made available to the general public. (Usually one to two weeks prior to the public on-sale date.)
    Due to the popularity of the series renewal and new series purchases of tickets, availability of single tickets may be limited or unavailable within some seating sections. Your Premiere Partner membership does not guarantee a specific seat or section.

Become A Premiere Partner Today!
When you fill out your series member ticket order, you can become a Premiere Partner simply by including your donation to the Mendel Center Mainstage on the Premiere Partner line provided above your final ticket order tally. If you have questions about Premiere Partners, contact Mary Klemm, interim executive director, LMC Foundation at (269) 927-6849.

Annual Gifts
Make a gift to the Premiere Partners program today. Your gift will be recognized in the Mendel Mainstage playbills throughout the year.

Memorial Gifts
Memorial gifts to the Mendel Center are a meaningful tribute. Your memorial gift will be recognized in Mendel Center Mainstage playbills throughout the year, while you receive the benefits of Premiere Partner membership.

Planned Giving
Consider including the LMC Foundation Premiere Partners in your estate plans. The Lake Michigan College Foundation manages the investment and distribution of private gifts to support critical program, equipment, facility and scholarship needs at Lake Michigan College. Please remember the Lake Michigan College Foundation when planning your will or trust.

LMC Foundation
The Lake Michigan College Foundation was organized to assist Lake Michigan College in obtaining private gifts to support critical programs, equipment, facilities, intercollegiate athletic scholarships, cultural programs, and other needs.

Your Support Makes The Difference.