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Wharton Center’s Relief Fund

Our world has changed, but the arts are still here. The unprecedented closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Ticket sales and rentals, which make up about 80% of our annual budgeted income. This income is essential for Wharton Center to continue providing high-quality arts experiences and meaningful education programs. 

In response, we are announcing Wharton Center’s Relief Fund, a fundraising campaign to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 and help Wharton Center recover in the year ahead. During a time when all activity in our building has been halted, we are increasingly reliant on your generosity to cover this gap. 

Give to Wharton Center's Relief Fund

Our priority is the safety of all of you—our audience, artists, and the community who shape Wharton Center’s story, and understand if you may be hesitant to return to our facility. We are working to make Wharton Center as safe as possible in preparation for your return. If you are not planning to buy tickets for the 2020-2021 season, we understand and suggest several options. 

  • We ask that you consider donating to our relief fund what would be the cost of your ticket package. A Broadway package for two people typically costs around $800 while a Performing Arts Series package could be around $500. These are helpful estimates, but every gift makes a difference. 
  • You can also choose to purchase a Wharton gift card to use for a future performance or for your 2021-2022 season package.  

“We are looking forward to the day this intermission is over, and we can return to Wharton Center to enjoy live performing arts together as a community”, says Mike Brand, Wharton Center’s Executive Director. “Until then we will get through this together. Thank you for supporting us during a time of uncertainty.”

We hope you will consider Wharton Center’s future and donate to Wharton Center’s Relief Fund. By giving back to Wharton Center today, you are creating opportunities for tomorrow: bringing global programming to our community, introducing children to theatre, and maintaining a state-of-the-art atmosphere. We are in this together. Give today—because the arts flourish when they are shared.


Wharton Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Gifts are tax-deductible.