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? 

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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!

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.


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
  • Marco
  • Bill & Chip Martin-Chaffee
  • Cassie & Vince Miles
  • Deb & Steve Palmer
  • PCI
  • 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.

I want to be a Sustainer!

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 dennis@greattheatre.org.

GREAT Theatre is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Thank you for deepening your connection to GREAT and joining our donor family!