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July 27, 2020 At 10:32 AM


The Washington Center for the Performing Arts held the 5th Annual CENTER Stage Awards & Gala last night – though in a virtual format to accommodate the current day pandemic. The free-to-attend online experience was hosted by Olympia’s beloved Ann Flannigan. The Washington Center is proud to announce that thanks to the very supportive and enthusiastic donors, the evening raised over $61,500. In addition, the virtual nature reduced expenses significantly. The highlights of the evening were certainly performances by the Center’s artistic partners, including Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Debbi’s Dance Etc., Studio West Dance Academy, and Ballet Northwest. In addition, special guest appearances by international touring artists Keb’ Mo’ and Rosanne Cash were made. A recording of the evening remains on the Center’s YouTube channel, and vignettes are being released on social media beginning today. In these unprecedented times of distress for arts organizations globally, the virtual gala was an…

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