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Endowment Giving

The Carson Center serves the region as a multiple-purpose performing arts center in historic downtown Paducah.  Children who see today's performances will one day bring their own children and grandchildren here to Broadway musicals, famous entertainers, drama, dance, and great music.  Look around in the Main Theatre or as you stroll through the lobbies - do you want to helpencore wall this gathering place thrive for generations to come?  Do you envision a day when the Carson Center takes performing arts into schools, hospitals, and beyond?  Do you see the performing arts as educational, inspirational, entertaining, ad encouraging?  Then you are the visionary we need.  We invite you to be a part of the Encore Society or the Legacy Society.

These prestigious new societies honor patrons who invest in the future of their performings arts center by giving to the Endowment.  The return on investment will sustain the Carson Center for generations to come - making the nation's best performing artists accessible to the four rivers region, educating our children, and providing an unparalleled quality of life. The Encore Society recognizes patrons who give cash, stock, or other assets, or make irrevocable planned gifts.The Legacy Society recognized patrons who name the Carson Center as a beneficiary in a will, or other planned giving instrument. People of all ages and incomes can make gifts to the Endowment and enjoy the distinction of belonging to the Encore Society or Legacy Society. Gifts are cumulative - making it possible to start giving now with further recognition as giving continues.



Cumulative giving can place your name on the Encore Wall inside the Carson Center.  Anyone can belong to one of the societies honor Endowment giving.

A dream come true - a spectacular performing arts center in the midst of lovely communities, small cities and towns, farms, rivers, and lakes.  You treasure the Carson Center as your place for memorable performances and gatherings with family, friends, and acquaintances.  This facility opened in 2004 and this is the time for action, to "set the stage" for audiences of the future.


1. Call the Carson Center at (270) 443-9932, ext. 240.  It will be our pleasure to talk with you or your financial advisor.

2. Consult your financial advisor about the giving option best for you (cash or securities, a bequest in your will, life insurance, trusts, or other options.)

3. Give to the Endowment with a gift or series of gifts.  Cumulative giving makes it possible to reach the higher levels of Encore Society recognition over time.

4. Please be mindful that the Carson Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.  Giving can provide you with tax savings.



Recognition in your will or revocable planned gift in any amount of undetermined value.  Honored as part of the Legacy Society.

The Encore and Legacy Societies were established in 2005 to increase the Endowment.  They do not include gifts to previous capital and endowment campaigns, annual giving (Memberships, Sponsorships, Fundraising Events), or the Name-a-Seat program.  Donors may choose to remain anonymous.  


OVATION LEVEL:  $50,000 or greater

  • Listing on Encore Wall
  • Naming opportunity at $100,000 and up, pending availability
  • Annual reception or dinner
  • Annual State of the Center briefing
  • Annual season preview event
  • Recognition in playbills & publications, ongoing

BRAVO LEVEL:   $10,000 TO $49,000

  • Annual State of the Center briefing
  • Annual season preview event
  • Recognition in playbills & publications, ongoing

APPLAUSE LEVEL:   $5,000 to $9,999

  • Annual season preview event
  • Recognition in playbills & publications, ongoing

The Encore Society honors donors who make current (direct) gifts such as cash or stock, or irrevocable planned gifts with documented value.


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