The Arts Center Task Force welcomes memorial donations to honor those who have passed and those we wish to esteem in life. With your caring support, we will build the Vista Arts Center, home of the performing and visual arts in the region. We gratefully recognize honorees and donors for contributing to a lasting legacy for the cultural, educational and economic health of the Mid-Columbia.

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2016 Memorial Donations

In Loving Memory of Sasha Townsend

May your creative spirit live on.

From Phil and Mila Townsend


2016 Honor Donations


In Honor of Devara "Dev" Felton’s 90th Birthday

ACTF volunteer, Dev Felton has been a long-time advocate for and participant in the arts in the Tri-Cities and beyond. Happy Birthday, Dev!

Mickie Chamness
Annette Bouchey
Alison Colotelo
Janelle Downs
Kathy Poston
Cindy Rakowski
JoAnne Rieger
Cindy Schab
Mary Ann Simmons


2015 Memorial Donations


In Memory of Burton E. Vaughan

Burton Vaughan, Ph.D. scientist, professor, and true friend of the arts, died peacefully as he had lived – on his own terms – September 19, 2015. His wife of 66 years, Artis, and their two daughters were at his side.

After graduating with from UC Berkeley, Burt had a long and varied career as a Navy expert in the area of radiation and thermal effects on humans and the environment. In an early career adventure, he participated in Admiral Byrd's last expedition to McMurdo Base in the Antarctic where he slept on the ice in tents until the living quarters were built.

In 1969, he started a new environmental program at Battelle-Northwest, helping his department grow from 20 to 150 people and broadening the then Pacific Northwest Laboratory's programs. He established Battelle's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, and chaired the program to develop the jointly operated Consolidated Information Center at Washington State University-Tri-Cities. After retiring from Battelle, he served as an adjunct professor of biological sciences at WSU-TC for 22 years.

Burt was active in the revitalization of the Arts Center Task Force in 1993, and he served on its board of directors until 2015 when he and Artis joined the Task Force's Advisory board. He also was active in the development of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, Pacific Science Center, Mid-Columbia Symphony, and Camerata Musica, which he helped found.

Burt will be missed not only for his expertise, but also for the way he applied his advice with gentle humor and a courtly manner. Go in Peace, friend.

Doug & Sue Archerd
Jo Brodzinski
Chuck & Ann Eaton
Erin Archerd & Josh Feasel
Mick and Marie Norwood
Chris & Nancy Doran
Shirley McMorrow


In Memory of Gary L. Troyer

Gary Troyer, nuclear chemist and computer scientist, consultant, and long-time supporter of the Mid-Columbia community, died November 19, 2014. Gary held offices and board positions for the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club, the Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Columbia Basin Badger Club, and the Washington Policy Center, Environmental Section. He also worked for Habitat for Humanity, on houses in the Tri Cities and in New Zealand. Gary's strong work ethic and selfless dedication to the service of others are honored and remembered with this contribution.

Kristeen Troyer and family


In Honor of Lloyd Swain

Lloyd Swain, television producer/director, performing artist, and community supporter, passed away March 15, 2015. An accomplished vocalist, he attended Washington State University on a voice scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications. Lloyd lived the Rotary motto, "Service above Self," and covered countless local events behind the Charter Cable camera. His generosity, enthusiasm, and optimistic approach to life are honored in these memorial contributions.

Happy off-roading on the highway of Heaven, Lloyd.

Richland Rotary Club
Tana Bader Inglima
Lura Powell & Arthur King
Norman & Karen Hyatt
Patricia Cleavenger
Ronald & Joan Hue
Arthur Kohler
Ray & Marilyn Robinson
Laurie Louden
Tracy Hill
May Hays Sandberg
Esperanza & William Martin
Jo Brodzinski


Short - Mastersingers

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