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Carly Shank

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Angel Ticket Program will again provide complimentary tickets to Sangamon Auditorium events

August 28 , 2003

SPRINGFIELD – Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield will continue its Angel Ticket Program for the fall season. Angel Ticket is an outreach initiative that makes complimentary tickets to selected events available to clients of eligible non-profit human service organizations in Sangamon County.

Twenty-two agencies are currently registered participants in the program, which focuses on county residents whose financial and/or social situation makes it difficult for them to attend performances in the auditorium. During the program’s inaugural season last spring, a total of 477 Angel Tickets were distributed for eight events.

“The Angel Ticket Program is a wonderful gift to organizations and individuals throughout our community,” says Shayne Squires, community relations/volunteer coordinator for the Hope School. “More than just a free ticket to an event, it’s an opportunity for individuals to be part of our community, to meet people, and to laugh and enjoy a performance in the company of others.”

Hillary LaMontagne, psychosocial rehabilitation engagement technician for Springfield Mental Health Center, agreed. “(Our) clients become excited about the performances weeks in advance and hope that they will be one of the lucky ones chosen to attend,” she said.

Calvin Miller, chemical dependency technician for Gateway Foundation, noted that for a recovering addict the value of “going to a performance and realizing there is more to life than just drugs, bars, and so on, is hard to put into words.”

This fall, performances for which Angel Tickets are available include Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 26; the National Theatre of the Deaf in Oh Figaro! at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 3; Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 10; the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 18; Japanese taiko drum ensemble Yamato at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 7; Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 22; and A Scottish Christmas at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 19.

Non-profit organizations that match the mission of the Angel Ticket Program are encouraged to contact Carly Shank, program coordinator, at (217) 206-6150 for an application. Businesses and individuals who would like to help with future funding of the program should also contact Shank.

For tickets to Sangamon Auditorium events, call the ticket office at (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or log on to