Leeds to host The Main Event on Saturday

Published 10:30 am Friday, September 22, 2023

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Many might think of Saturdays in the fall as the time for college athletics.

However, the arts are indeed alive in Clark County.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Main Event will occur at Leeds Center for the Arts on Main Street.

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“The Main Event is our brand new fundraiser, and it’s an evening of song and dance and surprise that celebrates the future of our community,” said Ellie Miller, the marketing and outreach director at Leeds. “This event is specifically going to benefit our SPARK education program.”

With Leeds seeking to use arts to connect with the community, one way is through the SPARK education program.

The program includes an abundance of classes.

“We have all sorts of different classes in singing, dancing, acting, improv [and] playwriting,” Miller added. “We have a brand new rock band class…and this fundraiser will help us allow any child who wants to participate to be a part of it.”

During Saturday’s performance, approximately thirty performers will take to the stage.

Among them are residents, including Lauren Mink – a Clark County Farm Bureau insurance agent.

Also performing will be entertainers outside Winchester, such as Lexington’s Jessica Greene and Wesley Nelson.

Having a musical background, Greene serves as the associate director and current board president of Distilled Theater company, while Nelson serves as its executive director.

Thirty live performers are expected, with at least four being youth.

Yet, that’s not all.

Many local businesses have found a way to be involved.

The Engine House Pizza Pub on West Lexington Avenue sponsors The Main Event.

Amy’s Asian Kitchen will offer 10% of their profits from the evening to Leeds Center for the Arts.

An after-party will occur at The Hall Coffee and Social Club, with a portion of their proceeds given to Leeds.

Plus, there are other reasons for excitement than live performances.

“Coupled with the performance that evening, we also have a silent art auction with art that is being displayed all throughout downtown Winchester,” Miller said. “There’s [also] a digital silent auction that’s going on right now up until the evening of the performance.”

Of the donated pieces of artwork sold, many coming from local visual artists, 50% of profits will go to the artists themselves, with the other 50% going to Leeds to benefit education programs.

“We’re hoping that the funds will help our programs educate, enlighten and inspire young artists,” Miller said.

She also added that attending The Main Event could have long-standing benefits.

“Purchasing a ticket is going to help us invest in transforming our community,” Miller said. “It will support our young artists and future leaders.”