WE ARE READY TO THRIVE!
Thanks to the collective support of our community, we’re heading into 2021 with refreshed optimism and pure excitement as we prepare for a return to LIVE theatrical performances (safely, of course)! Will you make a donation today to ensure our return to live performances is as spectacular as before?
We are honored to share that a group of donors have banded together, collectively pledging a $290,000 challenge match. Every gift will be matched DOLLAR for DOLLAR!
We support GREAT Theatre because we believe the artistic experiences GREAT offers will not only help bring us through these challenging times, but will bring us through to something that is ultimately better — a stronger, more aware, more connected and engaged community.
Dick & Mimi Bitzan, DJ Bitzan Jewelers
At Marco, we believe it’s not enough for a business to do well. It should also do ‘good.’ So we make it a priority to give back to the communities we have the privilege of serving. We are proud to be a corporate partner of GREAT Theatre and will do what we can to ensure it remains an active and strong presence in our community. Please join us.
Theatre has the power to change us, makes us more human, more empathetic, more generous. GREAT Theatre is needed more now than ever!
Beth & Stephen P. Cragle, MD
We believe the arts will help heal our community from the divisions we have experienced in the past year. GREAT makes this community a great place to live and we want to ensure GREAT comes back as strong, if not stronger, than before. The opportunities provided by GREAT, both on and off stage, are critical to Central Minnesota, and we want to be part of that community.
Michael & Janet Reagan
Live theatre draws the community together. We are so fortunate to experience this locally and share these experiences as a family. We continue to support GREAT Theatre so that our family and many others can continue these experiences for years to come.
Melissa & Ryan Weber
GREAT Theatre provides a vital service for our community! From camps to productions, this organization does it all. GREAT helps shine a light on important social issues, and creates a platform for our communities’ artists to excel.
Bill & Chip Martin-Chaffee
While virtual programming and live streams have become our new normal, nothing can replace the magic of live theatre. When all this is over our community will need to come together to heal. One way will be through those the camps, programs and productions that GREAT provides.
It is the collective support of our entire community, with gifts of all sizes, that will ensure GREAT continues to transform lives through the power of the arts now and for generations to come. Plus, as a GREAT donor you’ll get early access to tickets and be the first to know our plan to return to LIVE performance…which are so close to announcing!
We are GREATer Together.
As part of the CARES Act, individuals and corporations can elect to deduct cash contributions up to 100% of their income on itemized 2020 tax returns and up to $300 per taxpayer in charitable contributions is available for standard deduction returns.
GREATer TOGETHER CHALLENGE MATCH DONORS
Every gift will be matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR
Nineteen local donors have banded together, collectively pledging to match all gifts dollar for dollar up to $290,000 to raise the $580,000 needed to ensure GREAT survives. Funds will secure the future of producing at the Paramount Theatre and Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre and will continue GREAT’s proud history of fiscal stability and community building through the arts.
“In the history of GREAT Theatre, this is the single biggest crisis we have experienced,” GREAT Executive Director Dennis Whipple says, “We are overwhelmed with gratitude that this generous group of donors has joined together to inspire the community to donate and ensure GREAT is here for generations to come.” – Dennis Whipple, Executive Director
GREATer Together Challenge Match Donors:
- 1 Better
- Helga & Rick Bauerly
- Steve & Bonnie Bologna
- Barclay & Janet Carriar
- Beth & Stephen P. Cragle, MD
- Paul & Joanne Dorsher
- Debbie & Jason Erickson
- Dick & Mimi Bitzan, DJ Bitzan Jewelers
- Kimberly & Nicholas Foster
- Granite Equity Partners
- Michael & Karel Helgeson
- Kensington Bank
- Chris & Joanne Kudrna
- Bill & Chip Martin-Chaffee
- Cassie & Vince Miles
- Deb & Steve Palmer
- Janet & Michael Reagan
- Marc & Marie Sanderson
- The Weber Family with Great North Labs
Join the GREAT Sustainer Club with a recurring donation to be withdrawn automatically from your credit card. Every gift of every size collectively makes a big impact.
You can also donate by calling our office at (320) 258-2787 or mailing your contribution to GREAT Theatre, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387. If you have questions about your gift please contact us at (320) 258-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREAT Theatre is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Thank you for deepening your connection to GREAT and joining our donor family!