Donation from Ken and Trish Byers to be used by the Sandy Springs Foundation in support of arts programming and education for the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.
The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs will not open its doors until summer 2018, but donors are already taking a seat – at least, figuratively. During its December 5, 2017, meeting, the Sandy Springs Public Facilities Authority approved a recommendation by the Sandy Springs Foundation, Inc. to name the main theatre of the Performing Arts Center, the “Byers Theatre.” The naming recognizes a $2.5 million philanthropic gift from Ken Byers, Chairman of Byers Engineering Company, and his wife, Trish.
“We want to thank Trish and Ken for their generosity,” said Rusty Paul, who serves as both Chair of the Public Facilities Authority and Mayor of Sandy Springs. “The City has funded construction of the building and is committed to supporting its overall operations; however, it is through the Foundation and gifts, such as the one from the Byers, that will support bringing wide and varied programming to Sandy Springs.”
“Trish and I share a long-time love of musical theatre and the arts,” said Byers. “We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the Foundation furthering the arts within Sandy Springs and the region. Programming such as musical theatre and ballet cannot operate on ticket sales alone. They need philanthropic support, and we are delighted to be a part of building that presence in Sandy Springs.”
Earlier this month, the Public Facilities Authority announced the availability of naming opportunities at City Springs with requests considered based on the donor’s ties with the City, consistency with the values and standards of the City, and the significance of the donation. Ken and Trish Byers are long-time residents of Sandy Springs, and Byers Engineering Company is located within the City. Ken Byers also serves as Chair of the Sandy Springs Foundation, which will oversee efforts to raise funds in support of arts programs and education initiatives at City Springs and throughout Sandy Springs.
The Byers’ donation will be paid out over a period concluding in 2026. The naming of the Byers Theatre will remain in place for 20 years.
The Georgia General Assembly created the Public Facilities Authority as an entity through which a municipality can, by contract, lease space for terms over one year with the Authority serving as a financing and ownership partner for major City developments, such as City Springs.