Barb and Reg Wagle
Civic Visionary Award Recipient
Aaron Perri
Thursday, June 27, 2019

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At the Studebaker Campus in the Renaissance District

Building 113
635 S. Lafayette Blvd.
South Bend, IN
Arrivals and Cocktails at 6pm followed by Dinner and Live Auction.


Barb and Reg Wagle

Throughout their marriage, Barb has led Reg into her irresistibly creative world of theatre. With nearly a dozen different careers between them (including raising their two sons, Reg Jr. and Joe), there wasn’t a lot of time, but theatre simply refused to go away. Then, Barb led them to the South Bend Civic Theatre. It was here they finally found the enrichment and creative outlet they both craved. Over the past two decades, while they’ve enjoyed a rich life performing on stage, their highest and best use has been in discovering, inviting, introducing, coaching, and encouraging so many others to find their way in this demanding and magical world. The Civic would not be where it is today without the patient and tenacious guidance of Barb and Reg Wagle. It is with the deepest gratitude that we recognize and honor them at the 2019 Gala.

Aaron Perri

As the Executive Director of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts, Aaron spends his days providing quality places and experiences for us all. He is an author, consultant, and a well-traveled speaker. With a keen eye and unique perspective, Aaron’s extensive experience in business development, event planning, and entertainment have led to transformational events that include South Bend’s sesquicentennial celebration and the installation of South Bend River Lights. He is active on many local boards and has received state and nationwide recognition for his community development efforts. We are thrilled to acknowledge Aaron as the inaugural recipient of our Civic Visionary Award for his embodiment of the spirit and values of the South Bend Civic Theatre, and for making a significant contribution to the growth and vibrancy of our community. He is a visionary leader and the embodiment of our new community-creating mission.

Posted on April 23, 2019