Palace Announces Michele Vennard As Honoree

Palace Announces Michele Vennard As HonoreeThe Palace has announced that Michele Vennard will be honored at their annual Backstage Ball event, scheduled for Saturday, March 24th at 6:00pm at the Palace Theatre. Vennard will be presented with the Alan P. Goldberg "Patron of the Arts" award.

Vennard is the President and CEO for the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Vennard is a passionate advocate for the importance of the arts in economic development. In her 25 year career at the ACCVB, she has worked tirelessly to promote Albany and the Capital Region to potential visitors, residents, and businesses, and was instrumental in bringing the Albany Capital Center project to fruition.

"It is our great privilege and distinct honor to recognize Michele Vennard and her contributions to Albany and the Arts throughout her career. Her service to our community and has helped our economic and cultural growth and made the Capital Region stronger and more vibrant as a region", said Susan Rosko Fogarty, Executive Director of the Palace.

Alan Goldberg, Chairman of the Palace Theatre's Board of Directors adds, "We are looking forward to this year's Backstage Ball honoring our friend Michele Venard. She has been a tireless advocate for making Albany a destination city, a home for the Arts and a wonderful place to live and work. We look forward to honoring Michele at our premier fundraising event for the Palace Performing Arts Center."

The Palace's Backstage Ball, presented by CDPHP, and supported by major sponsors, KeyBank, Tri City Rentals, TVI, and Mallozzi's, brings together the arts and business community for an evening of entertainment that raises funds to support free and low cost performing arts programming. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit

About Palace
The Palace has been Albany's iconic downtown landmark for the last eight decades, bringing the biggest names in entertainment to the Capital Region. The history and programming of the Palace is a unique and often untold story with roots dating back to the period of the Great Depression. The Palace Theatre, built in 1931, originally presented vaudeville acts, feature films and became a civic auditorium before closing its doors in 1969. The theatre maintains its original beauty and design and is a historical landmark in the city of Albany. The Palace Performing Arts Center was established in 1984 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1989, created to operate the Palace Theatre. The mission of the Palace is to bring world-class arts and entertainment to New York's Capital Region, greatly enhancing the area's cultural and economic development. Our mission is carried out through core programming and community initiatives that include performing arts entertainment, free arts education, family friendly performances, free summer movies and a classic movie program series. The Palace has a significant economic footprint with over $3.5 million in ticket sales and 180,000 patrons.

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