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Be Well. Live Well. Play Well Gala logo


May 4, 2024
5:00pm – 10:00pm


Tickets and Tables:

Adult Reserved Ticket – $125

includes all activities

Reserved Table of 8 – $1,000

includes 8 drink vouchers

Youth Tickets (ages 12 to 17) – $75 

includes LEGO and/or LIGHTSABER activity

Seating is based on order date. Seating requests can be placed in order notes when purchasing your gala ticket(s).

Please purchase tickets before
April 26.

Are you unable to attend, but would still like to support the Clemens Center?

Please select “Donation for the Play Well Gala – Can’t Attend” on the drop down menu


Contact our Director of Development, Craig Bond:

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Join us for the Be. Live. And Play Well Gala. May the Fourth Be with You is the 2024 Gala to support all things Clemens Center. This large annual party will have fun activities for the young and the young at heart that will all benefit our programs. This year the event will feature:

Cocktail Attire
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar
Live and Silent Auctions
Dancing on the Powers Theater Stage
Ice Cream Social
Cash Bar
Fun Larger Sized Games

Play based activities:

Empire Bricks logo

LudoSport Finger Lakes logo

Catering by:

Serendipity logo

Featuring the music of:

Shine logo         David Peckham photo

Ice Cream Social:

Cayuga Lake Creamery logo

Many Play Based activities including giant JENKA, Connect Four, a large LEGO mural and LUDOSPORT Lightsaber demonstrations are available. Our new outdoor courtyard is complete with musical instruments for play, as well as many indoor lobby activities and games for the young at heart.

The goal of the evening is to raise $70,000 in support of Clemens Center programs including the M&T Broadway Series, Special Clemens Center Concerts and Events, continued support of our 5 resident companies, and Family Connex Series.

We need your support to continue to provide over 200 annual events to our community of 40,000 patrons. 

What are we celebrating? We are celebrating the Clemens Center through a fun way to fundraise for the Clemens Center. Join us as the space comes to life in and around our historic theatre in Downtown Elmira. Move about the many activities within out two theaters, upper lobby and outdoor courtyard during this May 4th Gala.

Sponsorship Support Needed:
Business and individual sponsorships are available. You can also customize your sponsorship by calling 607-735-2776 or emailing CraigB@clemenscenter.org.

Gala Event Sponsors 2024

John G. Kennedy
L. Glenn Poppleton

Craig Bond
Sarah Bowie
Karen Cromer, Executive Director
Christina Episcopo
L. Glenn Poppleton
Holly Strickland
Laury Ellen Ward, Chair
Claire Warren Ginnan

For questions and/or more information, please contact:
Craig Bond Director of Development (607) 735-2776 | CraigB@clemenscenter.org

Dates/times/programs are subject to change.

You can request a copy of our most recently filed financial report from the Charities Bureau Registry on the New York Attorney General’s website www.charitiesnys.com or by contacting us:

Chemung County Performing Arts dba Clemens Center, PO Box 1046, Elmira, NY 14902
New York State Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005

Information on New York charitable organizations can be found on the New York Attorney General’s website www.charitiesnys.com or by contacting (212) 416-8401.


Ticket prices vary for each performance and are either Reserved or General Admission seating. For patrons with special needs, please inquire about services when placing your order.

The Clemens Center Box Office and ClemensCenter.org are the only OFFICIAL and AUTHORIZED sellers of Clemens Center event tickets. Tickets purchased from other sources may be 1) more expensive 2) invalid and 3) ineligible for assistance. The Clemens Center is not responsible for tickets purchased from other sources.

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