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In Memoriam of Gary Herberger, The Herberger Theater to 'Dim The Lights'In Memoriam of Gary Herberger, The Herberger Theater to 'Dim The Lights'<p>​Phoenix, March 8, 2017 - In honor of architect, businessman and philanthropist Gary K. Herberger, who passed away on February 28 at the age of 79, the Herberger Theater Center will turn off the marquee lights outside its doors and sign on the fly towner for one minue before the Arizona Young Artists' Competition Finals on Saturday, March 11 at 6:50pm.</p><p>     The simultaneous dimming of marquee lights on Broadway in recognition of the passing of a noteworthy individual of the theater has become a long-standing tradition.  Since Gary's legacy reaches beyond the Herberger Theater Center, cultural institutions and theaters throughout the Valley have been invited to join in the silent remembrance.  Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Center for the Performing Arts plan to participate.  The City of Phoenix has indicated that  Symphony Hall and the Orpheum Theatre will also participate.</p><p>     "Throughout the design, construction and early years of the Herberger Theater, Gary was involved in many ways, including as a board member," said Mark Mettes, president and CEO of the Herberger Theater Center.  "I was fortunate to get to know him over the years.  It is with heavy hearts that the Herberger Theater family joins the Valley in remembering his innovation and creativity, passion for architecture and the arts, and commitment to community through generous philanthropy."</p><p>     Gary is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and brother, Judd.</p>3/10/2017 11:07:27 PM
Phoenix's Historic Orpheum Theatre Reopened 20 Years Ago After Massive Restoration ProjectPhoenix's Historic Orpheum Theatre Reopened 20 Years Ago After Massive Restoration Project<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>PHOENIX (Jan. 27, 2017)</strong> – Did you know that it has been 20 years since Phoenix's historic Orpheum Theatre reopened after a 12-year, $14M restoration project?  On Jan. 28, 1997, the theater reopened to the delight of local residents who held fond memories of the historic venue, which was the last major construction project in Phoenix prior to the Great Depression.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Originally constructed as a vaudeville house, the state-of-the-art Orpheum Theatre was ahead of its time and solidified its reputation as a magical place where one could go to enjoy the arts.  The theater changed its name to the Paramount and Palace West under different ownership while continuing to serve the entertainment needs of the community, at one point it served as a Spanish movie house.  By the early 1980s, the aging facility was in need of major repairs and the City of Phoenix purchased the property and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. Through public and private support, the theater closed in 1985 to undergo a massive renovation to restore the venue back to its original grandeur. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Upon completion of the restoration project, the Orpheum ushered in a new era and celebrated a grand reopening with Carol Channing starring in a performance of Hello Dolly.  Over the last two decades, the venue continues to host notable performers such as Lily Tomlin, Bryan Adams, Lewis Black, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Fallon, David Feherty, Michael Bublé, Louis C.K. and others.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Orpheum Theatre, which originally opened in 1929, will celebrate its 90th Anniversary in 2019.</p>1/31/2017 11:00:46 PM
Phoenix Final Four Seeks 3,600 VolunteersPhoenix Final Four Seeks 3,600 Volunteers/pdf/Final%20Four%20Volunteer%20News%20Release.pdf<font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"><font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"><font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"></font></font></font><p>PHOENIX - The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee seeks 3,600 volunteers to assist with the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four.<br><br> The PLOC is recruiting volunteers for the numerous community and ancillary events before and during the Final Four, set for April 1 and 3. Duties include hospitality areas, operations, information centers and transportation.<br><br> "We could not possibly execute this event without the time and talents of thousands of volunteers," PLOC Executive Director and CEO Dawn Rogers said. "The volunteers are the backbone of every successful major event. Volunteering for the 2017 Final Four is a great way to show your pride in Arizona - and it will be a blast for everyone who pitches in." </p><p>Volunteers may register at Beginning Dec. 7, registered volunteers may begin signing up for shifts.</p><p><br> Here are requirements for Final Four volunteers:</p><ul dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><li>Must be at least 18 years or older by march 1, 2017.</li><li>Must volunteer for a minimum of three shifts over the course of the event (shifts range from three to five hours).</li><li>Must complete Samaritan registration application with accurate information.</li><li>Must undergo a background check before the Men's Final Four, per NCAA requirements.</li><li>Out-of-town volunteers must be able to find their own accommodations.</li></ul><p dir="ltr">Final Four Volunteers will receive the following:</p><ul dir="ltr"><li><div>Official 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four polo shirt.</div></li><li><div> Final Four hat.</div></li><li><div>Final Four drawstring bag.</div></li><li><div>A special invitation to the post-Final Four Volunteer Appreciation Party.</div></li></ul>12/9/2016 3:03:19 PM