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The Friends are a dynamic group of arts enthusiasts who provide financial support for our performances and education programs. Ticket sales only cover 60% of our programming costs, so Friends support is vital to our mission to connect artists and audiences. Here is a sampling of what Friends gifts helped audience members of all ages experience last year:

  • 33 performances were presented for the community.
  • 5,304 preschool through grade 12 students from 40 schools and 8 counties attended a matinee performance at Purdue University.
  • 2,457 (46%) of these students received a free or discounted ticket to attend.
  • $11,072 in scholarships were distributed to help schools in need.
  • 925 college students at Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College received a low-priced $10 or $15 ticket when their professor integrated a performance into their classroom curriculum.

Annual Gifts can help Convocations expand the reach of its programming in many ways. Unrestricted gifts help pay the costs of presenting performances, provide educational programming support and help pay organizational operating expenses. Designated gifts are also welcomed.

Designated Funds are larger gifts set aside for specific performances or programs. Gifts accumulate and are spent as needed by the respective program.

Endowments provide Convocations programs with financial support for the future. Donors who make a one-time gift or pledge of $10,000 or more to an existing endowment qualify for Lifetime Friends privileges and receive an infusion of priority points to improve seating.

Planned giving options are also available and provide membership in the Purdue Convocations Legacy Society.  For more information, visit thePurdue Planned Giving website.


For more information on any of the above giving opportunities, call the Development Team at (765) 494-9712.



  • Give $50 or more, and receive access to Priority Seating and Priority Points
  • Give $100 or more, and receive program book recognition
  • New! Give $250 or more, and receive an invitation to Intermission Club events at regular-season Elliott Hall performances.
  • Give $500 or more, and receive preferred parking in a convenient Friends lot (for Elliott Hall of Music performances only)
  • Give $1000 or more, and receive an invitation to the Soiree, featuring a meal and an exclusive preview performance
  • Give $2500 or more, and receive access to private artist interactions
  • Give $5000 or more, and receive an invitation to a special Director’s event

All levels include the benefits of the previous level(s), plus the following:

  • Advance notice of performances and pre-sale ticket opportunities via email.
  • Personalized ticket assistance, including priority seating for performances. (Student Concert Committee concerts are not included.)
  • Special event invitations to select Friends events designed for each giving level.

Priority Points = Early Ticket Access + Seating Preferences

Priority Points VideoThe purpose of the Priority Point System is to acknowledge individual Friends for both their loyalty and financial support. Friends receive credit each year in the form of points for their cumulative giving, consecutive years of membership, and for their PICK 5 purchases.

During the seating process, Friends receive a point total and ranking. Ticket orders are placed in rank order, highest to lowest, and tickets are assigned on a show-by-show basis. As seats are assigned, personal preferences are taken into account using a Seating Preferences Form, which is submitted along with each ticket order during the pre-sale period.

 About Priority Point System  Check Your Points Online Online Points Login Instructions Seating Preferences Form



Save the date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
We’ll be unveiling the 2015-16 season live! Stay tuned for more!


New this year! Benefactor-level Friends ($250) and above are invited these private receptions at designated Elliott Hall of Music performances:

Mamma Mia!
October 21, 2014
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
January 20, 2015
Sister Act
February 27, 2015
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk
March 24, 2015
Peter and the Starcatcher
April 9, 2015 **Please note this new date

There are only Intermission Club events for regular-season Elliott Hall shows listed in our season brochure.

To enter Intermission Club for the pre-show event, use the ground level Hovde Hall doors. Hovde Hall is located adjacent to Elliott Hall of Music on the east side of the building and very close to the Friends preferred parking lot. For the mid-show break, use the connecting bridge from Elliott Hall, located on the 1st floor as you exit the main floor seating area.  Hall ushers are available if you need assistance.

To help our team estimate average Club attendance and catering needs, we ask that you please check in upon arriving at the Intermission Club.  We appreciate your patience to help us better utilize your Friends contributions.


ParkingMapFounder-level Friends ($500+) receive a parking pass for your use at Elliott Hall events, when the Friends parking lots are available. Please hang it from your rearview mirror so it is visible to parking attendants upon your arrival.  The parking spots available for Friends in each lot will be marked “no parking – police order.” Parking pass numbers are for Convocations staff use. Spots are not reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions, our staff is happy to help. Call (765) 494-9712 to speak with the Development Associate.


advisoryboardThese stellar individuals are devoted arts advocates, stewards of Friends of Convocations financial resources, and advisors to Convocations in all areas of work.  We’d like to give special thanks to these volunteers who are serving for the 2014-15 performance season.

Patricia S. Garrott – President
Gail Beck – Vice President

Barrett S. Caldwell
Nick Carpita
Alison Greene
Jon Harbor
Jim Leslie
Amy Long
Pam Luenz
Stacey Mickelbart
Tom Parent
Beverly Shaw
Gerritt Smith
Dawn Walker


Thank you for considering a gift to Convocations!

Choose from the following online options:

Make A Single or Recurring Credit Card Gift Enable or Change Your Purdue Payroll Deduction Step-by-step Payroll Instructions 

Or do you prefer paper?

 Click Here For A Printable Form
Mail to: Purdue Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907

More questions? Prefer to give by phone?

Call (765) 494-9712 and ask to speak with the Development Associate.



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