Exposing kids to the arts is key for providing them with a wide variety of life experiences. Susan Henderson Exposing kids to the arts is key for providing them with a wide variety of life experiences. Susan Henderson Being Friends provides us with even more opportunities to engage with the artists and with other Friends who share our interests. Nancy Biles and Erik Lundquist We support the arts because we feel it has enriched our lives. Theatre, music and dance are such an integral part of our social activities. Steve and Debra Butland, Owners of Paisano's Ristorante The Lied Center provides a significant cultural element to the special quality of life we enjoy in Lawrence. Pete and Virginia Curran We feel our support of the arts is an essential part of being a true hometown bank and recognize the role the Lied Center has in making Lawrence a great place to live. Ted Haggart, President of Douglas County Bank By supporting the Lied Center, we are helping to ensure our special family experiences will continue. Devon Kim We are proud to be a VIP Sponsor because of the Lied Center's programs for Douglas County youth, which teach children how the arts connect to their everyday lives. Larissa Long, External Affairs Manager, Black Hills Energy The Lied Center adds so much value to the Lawrence community and the entire state of Kansas. The arts open and develop the minds and imaginations of both young and old alike. Steve Cardwell and Debbie Walker, Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community

Friends of the Lied Board of Directors

Executive Board

Honorary President: Christina Hixson
Ex-Officio: TBD
2013-14 President: Ruth Ann Atchley 
President Elect: Marilyn McCleary 
Past-President: LaVerne Epp  
Treasurer: Kara Tan Bhala  
2013-14 Campaign Chair: Linda Robinson
2014-15 Campaign Chair: John Hampton

Board Members

Hodgie Bricke
Rex Buchanan
Bob Buddemeier
Paul Buskirk
Tim Caboni
Pete Curran
Jackie Gadt
Kitty Gray
Patrick Kelly
Linda Luckey
Doug Marples
Phil McKnight
Maria Orive
Trisha Simons
Bill Tuttle
Lynn Villafuerte
Maley Wilkins
Derek Kwan (Lied Center, Executive Director)

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Friends of the Lied Brochure


Sue Mango
Development Director
or 785-864-2788

"There is no better indicator of the spiritual health of our city, its neighborhoods, and the larger region than the state of the arts. The arts deepen our understanding of the human spirit, extend our capacity to comprehend the lives of others, allow us to imagine a more just and humane world. Through their diversity of feeling, their variety of form, their multiplicity of inspiration, the arts make our culture richer and more reflective."

Jonathan Fanton
President of the MacArthur Foundation