Shea’s (also known as “The Wonder Theatre”) has gone temporarily “dark” in the name of keeping our audiences, staff, crew, and performers safe. But through the darkness of a tunnel, there is always light.
Because you know live theatre can be transformative – it can ignite the human spirit and bring people together just when we need it most. And although we don’t know yet how or when, we know the power of the Arts will come roaring back and provide much needed healing and a shared sense of humanity for all of us in Western New York.
But until that day, Shea’s still needs your support.
After you take care of prioritizing the needs of your family and friends, please consider a donation to Shea’s “Restore the Wonder” Fund.
Your donation will help us:
As a nonprofit organization, the support of individuals, corporations and foundations enables us to continue our mission: “To restore and maintain Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for present and future generations to enjoy as a working historic theatre providing a wide variety of live performing arts experiences for our patrons and innovative and effective educational experiences fostering an appreciation of live theatre by area youth.”
For more information please contact John Schaller, Director of Development, 716.829.1170.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization and all gifts made to Shea’s are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Click here to view membership levels.
Due to COVID-19 the 2020 race has been cancelled.
We look forward to seeing you next year.
Background: Formerly, referred to as the Shea’s Annual 5K Run and Walk, the race was renamed in 2018 to honor the recent passing of two beloved friends and colleagues of Shea’s Performing Arts Center and recent President and 3rd Vice President of the Shea’s Spotlight Committee, William “Bill” Crooker and Ramona “Mona” Arida. Among, the immeasurable dedication and commitment they had for Shea’s, Bill and Mona were key pillars in making Shea’s 5K one of the favorites of the local running community.
Presented by Shea’s Spotlight Committee, Shea’s Annual Bill Crooker Memorial 5K Race & Mona Arida Fun Walk is a USATF sanctioned and certified course.
Shea’s Black Tie Gala is the single most important fundraising event of the year for Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Held each spring, the evening features a cocktail hour and silent auction in the Shea’s Buffalo lobbies followed by a gourmet dinner on stage and live auction. The evening closes with an exclusive performance at Shea’s 710 Theatre.
Shea’s 2020 Gala featuring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-Winner Audra McDonald has been rescheduled for Spring of 2021. More information to come.
Want to surprise your friends or a loved one with something one-of-a-kind at Shea’s ? Enhance your theatre experience with the ultimate welcome message on Shea’s Main Street Marquee!
The Drapanas Spotlight Lounge is an exclusive retreat for Guild Members overlooking the Shea’s Grand Lobby. Named after the late Roberta Drapanas, a past Shea’s board member and founder of the Shea’s Spotlight Committee, members enjoy complimentary beverages, refreshments, and coat check 1-hour before each Broadway show plus some additional engagements. During all shows with intermissions, drinks will be waiting upon arrival.
Membership is for 12-months and includes access for four individuals.
Become a Guild Member today with a donation of $500 or more and begin enjoying the amenities of the Spotlight Lounge.
Contact John Schaller, Director of Development, (716) 829-1170.
Corporate sponsorships offer a special opportunity for a customized promotion to enhance a company’s marketing and public relations efforts. Shea’s sponsors receive prominent visibility and help Shea’s offer high quality entertainment and education programs.
Benefits are customized to fit company marketing and business goals.
Contact John Schaller, Director of Development, at (716) 829-1170 for more information.
Shea’s exclusive box seats are a unique VIP experience; perfect for entertaining clients, employees family and friends. Each box features eight comfortable Kittinger chairs and includes an arrangement of refreshments for patrons including wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.
The spotlight committee is a committee of volunteers dedicated to preserving, assisting, and promoting Shea’s Performing Arts Center through volunteer efforts. They fundraise through various activities such as Raffle Sales and Champagne Sales and organize and implement special events.
Those interested in joining the Spotlight Committee can call Elizabeth Cotton at (716) 206-4845 for more information or you may fill out application listed below.
Shea’s could not operate without our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers assist staff and patrons throughout the course of the year. View a detailed synopsis of the Volunteer Program and the types of volunteer opportunities available.
For more information contact Robert H. Brunschmid, Director of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.