Posted on February 19, 2014 by Tia Lalani

The Performing Arts Centre received a huge gift last week as the Markowsky Family presented a cheque for $25,000.


(L to R) John, Rhonda, Brynn and Todd Markowsky join Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer to celebrate their $25,000 donation to the Performing Arts Centre.

On Tuesday, February 18, the Markowsky Family – Brynn, John, Rhonda and Todd – came by Augustana Campus with a big announcement… and an even bigger cheque.

“We’re happy to provide some funding to a very worthy cause,” said Rhonda, a dentist in Camrose for more than 20 years and member of the Camrose Academy of Dance Board for 9 years. “We’re giving $25,000 on behalf of our family. We thought we could put our support where our feelings are.”

John Markowsky was born and raised in Camrose, danced with the Camrose Academy of Dance for 14 years, and completed the first two years of his degree at Augustana. Brynn is graduating from Camrose Composite High School this year and has danced for 13 years. Their father, Todd, is a teacher and psychologist at the high school.

“It’s always been ‘Let’s work on our amazing talents here in town, and then go show them to everyone in Edmonton… in Red Deer… in Calgary… in Fort Saskatchewan,” said John. “Why not have a place in Camrose to showcase what we’re doing? I don’t think there’s a better way to spend this $25,000 than in our own community so that people can see all our hard work.”

“We’ve been to many communities over the years,” said Todd, who danced with Rhonda in adult groups for ten years and has been involved with sports and sporting events in Camrose. “When you can host huge events in your community, you’re bringing a lot of people to visit the restaurants and stay in the hotels, to see the community and what’s here. A place like this functions on so many, many levels.”

The Performing Arts Centre in Camrose is a state of the art theatre, dance and music venue built as a partnership between the City of Camrose and the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. Its construction meets international sustainability standards and its photovoltaic array – one of the biggest in Canada – will capture 142 Kilowatts of solar energy to feed back into the Alberta power grid.

The Performing Arts Centre will open in late spring 2014.

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