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NC Presenters Consortium Members Raise Money to Support Colleague

Cary, NC, June 29, 2016:  In a statewide show of support, members of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC) came together to raise more than $4,000 in donations for fellow member Mike Sapp of Ash, NC.  Sapp, the longtime director of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, lost his uninsured home, possessions, and several pets in a fire in September 2014.

North Carolina’s performing arts community is a tightly-knit family. Mike Sapp has been a respected leader in the field for many years, and has served on the NCPC board.  As soon as news broke of the fire, several colleagues in the field—arts presenters, agents, and performing artists—expressed a desire to support Mike Sapp in the way they knew best: a live performance.  So, the NC Presenters Consortium network rallied its network and began planning Sapp Rising, a benefit concert, for the following fall.

The 2015 concert featured performances by pianist Emile Pandolfi and Beatles-tribute artists The McGuigan Brothers, both of whom have performed on the Odell Williamson Auditorium stage and gotten to know Sapp over the years.  Pandolfi and his wife Judy initially suggested the idea of a benefit concert, having lost their own home to a fire only a couple of years prior. “We know that putting life back together is no easy task,” expressed Judy Pandolfi. “However, there is something, perhaps, that we can do to help in a real way.”  

Brunswick Community College donated the use of Odell Williamson Auditorium for the occasion, and nearly 200 community members and colleagues gathered for the concert in a touching display of compassion for their friend. “I was reminded of what a caring and compassionate group I am privileged to know and serve,” said Sherry Archibald, President of NCPC.

Additional donations were collected from peers that could not attend the benefit concert, and this spring, a check was presented to Mike Sapp.  “This type of caring collegiality is the hallmark of NCPC—and is what makes our group unique among other state arts networks,” remarked Executive Director Susan Heiserman. “NCPC reaches beyond professional connections and creates personal ones, a fact of which we are very proud.”