Welcome to the Friends of St. Avips | Joplin MO


The Friends of St. Avips is a permanent organization of 40 women who volunteer their efforts to promote interest in, and to provide financial assistance to George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.

In addition to the annual ball, the organization assists in receptions at the Center sponsors exhibits, and participates in other fundraising events for the Center. St. Avips operates independently of the Center, but with its full cooperation and support.

Upcoming 2020 Stay at Home Event

The Week of September 28, 2020

The 2020 St. Avips Ball has been postponed until May 7th, 2021.

In place of our Ball we will be hosting a “No Show Event” inviting our guests to participate in an online art auction and some other exciting activities that will allow us to recoup some proceeds, and continue the excitement surrounding the Annual St. Avips Ball while championing our cause. Virtual activities and the online art auction will be scheduled for the week of September 28th. Spiva still needs revenue and the income that they receive from the St. Avips Ball still accounts for over 25% of their annual operating budget.

As always, we are seeking underwriting involvement for the event. If you would like more information on this – please use the button below to contact us directly.

We are thrilled for more announcements as they come in. Thank you again for your support!

Thank You to Our Generous Underwriters | 2020

Artist Circle | $8,000+

Edwards Jones – Ryan Stanley, Logan Stanley, Dan Stanley
Debra and David Humphreys

Patron Level | $5,000-$7,999

KM Guru Marketing – Katherine (Moss) DeGraff
Lance and Sharon Beshore

Cherub Level | $3,000-$4,999

Harry M. Cornell, Jr

Platinum Level | $1,000-$2,999

Dr. and Mrs. Todd Twiss
Mid-Missouri Bank
Dr. and Mrs. David Eisenhauer
Drs. J. Mark & Tatiana Graham
Heidi and Pete Williams
Joe & Rebecca Newman
Ozark Center
Anne Sharp

Gold Level | $750-$999

Jeri Lynn and Michael Joseph
Pinnacle Bank
People’s Bank of Seneca – JE Cruse
Little Bird Marketing
Mark and Leigh Frogge
Satterlee Plumbing, HVAC, and Mechanical Contractors
Steve and Diana Graddy
Dr. and Mrs. Rob Lieurance
Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Longnecker
Southwest Missouri Bank
Vowels & Stovern Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
CGA Architects
Shine Modern Dentistry/Dr. Robert Renger
The Insurancenter

Silver Level | $350-$749

BBC Electric
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Joseph, Sr.
Sara V. Newman
Don and Melinda Butcher
Community Support Services of Missouri
Jhan and Laura Hurn