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Shirley Sacks Receives Center for the Performing Arts Distinguished Service Award

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Shirley Sacks of State College is the 2015 recipient of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Distinguished Service Award. A former four-term member of the Center for the Performing Arts Community Advisory Council, Sacks was honored at a 2014–2015 season celebration dinner Monday night at The Atherton Hotel in State College.

“Shirley Sacks exemplifies what it means to be a passionate advocate, and she is always looking for ways to spread the word about the Center for the Performing Arts,” said George Trudeau, director of the Center for the Performing Arts. “She is also a straight shooter who will always tell you what she thinks or what she’s heard from others. It is an extremely valuable contribution to have someone like Shirley who is not afraid to pass along critiques or criticism. All of us at the center congratulate Shirley for receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

In addition to her work with the Center for the Performing Arts, Sacks has volunteered for various organizations in State College. She has been a docent at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art for 20 years and was a member of the Nittany Valley Symphony Guild board. She was also president of the Friends of Schlow Centre Region Library board.

“I’m always running around. I love getting involved in what’s happening in the community, and I try to help out as much as possible,” Sacks said.

Sacks is a member of two book clubs, including the American Association of University Women, where she helps with the annual book sale that raises money for women to return to college. She is also a member of Hadassah, a Jewish organization for women, where she attends luncheons and meetings plus helps with an annual food festival.

She plans to become a committee member of the Opera Buffs, an organization that supports live high-definition performance transmissions of Metropolitan Opera productions to the State Theatre. “I love the arts, and I especially love music. I want to see that these performing arts programs keep going and do my best to help them out,” she said. “I’m very honored and very flattered to receive this award.”

The Distinguished Service Award has been given annually since 1996.

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