FMB Sponsors Event at The Center for the Performing Arts

June 5, 2012

CARMEL, Ind. - First Merchants Bank will be among the glitzy and glamorous as it co-sponsors the Encore Celebration Gala on June 16 at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The bank will sponsor the First Merchants Bank Red Carpet Cocktail Reception leading up to the inaugural induction ceremony for the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. The 2012 honorees will include Cole Porter, Barry Manilow, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. In addition to this summer’s event, First Merchants Bank plans to sponsor the Encore Celebration Gala for the next two years.

This Encore Celebration Gala commemorates the successful conclusion of The Center for the Performing Arts’ second artistic season. The event includes the First Merchants cocktail reception, a dinner and the induction ceremony with performances by Clay Aiken, Michael Feinstein, Andrea McArdle, Lari White, and others. An after party celebration will follow to cap off the evening. For tickets, visit

First Merchants Bank is proud of its commitment to the community and to the arts by partnering with The Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to hosting a number of community events and local artistic performances, The Center also provides three world-class venues, including the Palladium, which opened in January 2011. Additionally, the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, based at The Center, is committed to preserving, archiving, and educating future generations about historic American popular song.