Staller Center for the Arts has received a generous 10-year gift of $450,000 from premier full-service business law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, thanks to the leadership and generosity of CMM Managing Partner Joe Campolo, a Stony Brook University alumnus, Alumni Association past president, and valued member of the Staller Center Advisory Board. This new pledge solidifies the firm’s dedication to the arts and to the University as a whole.
The gift will continue the firm’s support as an annual major corporate supporter of the Staller Center for the Arts Live Season and Stony Brook Film Festival. It funds a new modern sound system for both the main stage theater and recital hall to enhance live performances at Staller Center, funds the Alumni Association Past President’s Scholarship, and the Joseph N. Campolo Award for Legal Studies. The firm’s support of Staller Center is in addition to its longtime significant support of Stony Brook Athletics, spearheaded by CMM Senior Partner Scott Middleton, also a Stony Brook University alumnus and Alumni Association past president, and for whom the Middleton Family Student Athletic Alumni Award is named.
Philanthropy is a critical component of CMM’s DNA. In 2018 the firm launched CMM Cares, a volunteer initiative to benefit the community with donations of time, dollars, and support. As a Long Island business leader, Chairman of the HIA-LI Board of Directors, and Staller Advisory Board member, Joe Campolo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Long Island High Technology Incubator, which is also based at the University. Scott Middleton is a member of the SBU Intercollegiate Athletic Board and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Task Force among many other prominent board associations.
Outside of New York State allocated funding, nearly 70% of support for Staller Center comes directly from private donations through the generosity of corporations, individuals, and foundations. Funds raised directly impact the caliber of performers the Staller Center brings in, keep ticket prices affordable, and benefit critical arts and education outreach to the Long Island community.