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Under the dynamic direction of two energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers, a membership campaign for the new University at Buffalo Friends of the Center for the Arts is gaining recognition in Western New York.

Carole Evitts of Williamsville and Elayne G. Wels of Eggertsville, founding cochairs of the UB Friends of the Center for the Arts, are excited about the facility on the North Campus and its overall impact on the university, UB students and the Western New York community.

"As an arts administrator for more than 20 years, I know how very valuable volunteers can be for an endeavor like the Center for the Arts," said Mrs. Evitts, also a member of the Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Council and board member of Just Buffalo Literary Center.

"Friends of the Center for the Arts will help the faculty, staff, students and community take full advantage of this extraordinary facility," she added. "Just getting people to the Center to see what it has to offer is important."

Mrs. Wels, a dedicated community service volunteer for more than 44 years who has given her time, talents and expertise to improve the quality of life in Western New York, also recognizes the potential impact volunteers can have on this campaign.

"It is vitally important to bring together a diverse cross section of the community and its resources to work together to enrich and touch all of Western New York in a very special way," said Mrs. Wels. "Through Friends for the Center of the Arts, we are developing a group of individuals who have a deep commitment to the arts, the Center, UB and Western New York."

UB Friends of the Center for the Arts are also working closely with the Center's management to strengthen its offerings. "We are planning events to bring together students, local residents, volunteers and staff," said Mrs. Evitts.