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April 29, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Strong partnerships and relationships are vital to the success of any fundraising effort, especially in an era when individual households to large corporations are looking at ways to trim their budgets. DST Systems Inc., headquartered in downtown Kansas City, has proven to be a loyal partner and supporter of Northwest Missouri State University since 2004.
The relationship between Northwest and DST began with a $10,000 commitment to the Theatre Northwest Production Series; six years and $55,000 later the relationship and support continues to grow. Theatre Northwest has been able to continue to run the production series and expand it to offer outreach opportunities to students at more than 20 high schools in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. DST support has provided for complimentary tickets for the students, tours, workshops and one-on-one interaction with production staff and performers.
Additionally, Theatre Northwest provides opportunities to younger children through face painting, clowning, theatre games and creative drama art activities.
Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, said DST's support has allowed the theatre program to make forward strides.
"DST's generosity has had direct benefits not only to our own students, but to countless members of our immediate and extended communities," Kreizinger said.
Through the years, DST Systems Inc. has increased its annual contribution in order to continue to support Theatre Northwest and to provide funding toward the construction of the Studio Theatre addition at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as well as for the Encore Performances Series.
The largest provider of third-party shareholder recordkeeping services in the United States today, DST Systems Inc. has had a long tradition of employing Northwest graduates and currently employs 77 Bearcat alumni.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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