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Heart of America Shakespeare Festival 2015 Season Sponsors

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival thanks these individuals, corporations and foundations for their generous support.  Their sponsorship make it possible to keep the Festival FREE for everyone.  Thank you!  

For information on sponsorship of the Festival, contact Sidonie Garrett at or call the Festival office at 816-531-7728.

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
John C. Griswold Foundation
R.C. Kemper Jr. Charitable Trust
Dr. Scott and Bernadette Ashcraft
Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
Missouri Arts Council
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
Burns & McDonnell Foundation
Greg and Deanna Graves
DST Systems, Inc.
Theater League / Mark Edelman
Francis Family Foundation
Robb & Robb LLC Charitable Foundation/Gary C. Robb and Anita Porte Robb
Master Craftsmen Foundation
City of Riverside
Edward P. Milbank
Ingram Family Foundation
Scott and Susan Asner
Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Jr. Donor Advisory Fund
    of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
Sturges Word Communications
Kansas City Missouri Parks & Recreation Partner
Kansas City Star
KCUR 89.3 FM


$2500 - $5000
Arts KC - Regional Arts Council
Country Club Bank
DST Systems, Inc.
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Ingram Family Foundation
Lathrop & Gage, LLP
Stinson Leonard Street, LLP
The Sosland Foundation
Taylor S. & Patti Abernathy Charitable Trust
William T. Kemper Foundation

$1501 - $2499
Derrick    Leggett
PNC Foundation

Ellen and John Aisenbrey
Kay and John Callison
Amy and David    Embry 
Bob and Jackie Gershon
George and Ruth Ann Hash
Beth Ingram
Regina and Bill Kort
Debra and Al Parmet
Angela    Place
Dan and Petra Shinn
R. Scott and Gloria J. Smith
William    Thomas  
Phil and Kimberly Witt
Michael and Leatha Cline
Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins Lighton Fund
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
R. Crosby Kemper III
Cloud Family Foundation
Rensenhouse Family Foundation
Dr. Mark Box
Don and Patricia Dagenais
Nathan    Darrow
Dean and Patricia Davison
Mark and Nancy Gilman
James and Ellen Glynn
Janet Long
Elaine and Benjamin Mann
Midsummer Night’s Dreamers-Show Talk Sponsors
Sherrill Mulhern
Stanley S. and Ardyce H. Pearson
Chip and Laurie Ingram - The Independent
Blake and Lisa Wendelburg
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter

American Multi-Cinema, Inc.
Suzanne Allen
Cecelia and Stewart Babbott
PJ Baker
Richard J. Barohn, M.D.
Michael Beers
Bill Blessing
Steve and Andrea Bough
Mark and Jill Brady
Michael Brigg
John and Rebecca Brungardt
Jill K. Bunting
Brandon and Sharon Burns
Stephen Cloud
Beth Coughlin
Glion and Marilyn Curtis
Elisabeth Suter and Bill Cutler
Michael J. Davis
Kathy Dodd
David and MaryEarls
Bill and Marge Eckhardt
Freestyle Graphics
Greg and Sandy Galvin
Bob and Teresa Germinder
Ron and Eileen Grebowiec
Moulton Green
Donald Hall 
Gerald and Sandra Handley
Nancy and Phil Hanson
Jeffrey Hartnett
Shawn Tolivar and Nicoya Helm
Edward and Kimbrough Higgins
Darrell Hoffman
Brian Wicklund and Dale Jarka
Keith and Julie Johnson
Dick and Sandy Jones/Fidelity Security Life Insurance
KC Southern Matching Gifts Fund
Elizabeth Rosin and Mark Kenneally
Ann and John Kenney
Deedee     King 
Patricia Konopka
Michael Levin  
William Lindsay
TJ and Julie Lynn
Bill and Peggy Lyons
Ben and Roxanne Martin
Kirk and Jeannie McClure
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Burney and Nancy Miller
C. Michel Minor
Pete and Michelle Mirikian
Janet Moore
Dan Nilsen
Paul Uhlmann Jr. Donor Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Jeffrey Pinto and Jacqueline Riedel
Loretta Riss
Kirk Roberts, MD
Connie and David Ross
Sarah Rowland
Tami and Brock Rule
Stephen and Delores Schroff
Mary and Fred Sgroi
Mary Shaw Branton
Ron and Corrine Sidener
David and Amanda Simms
Susan Hard and John Simonson
Mark and Candy Smith
Burton and Barbara Smoliar
Drs. Steven and Sandra Stites
Mike and Kaite Stover
Donna Thomason
Vickie and Dale Trott
Carol Dziadik and Daniel Turner
Cindie Unger
Verizon Foundation
Michael Waterford
Rachel Weilert
James and Sarah Weitzel
LeAnn White
John and Michele Wilinski
Ron and Barbara Wood 

Larry Arnett
Susan Brinkmeyer
Judith Clark
Una Creditor
Michael Horine and Anna Jaffe
Dr. Paul and Rebecca Johnson
Deborah Keating
Cynthia Larkin
Greg Lebold
Robert Lunn
Thomas Maienschein
Dr. William and Mrs. Bernice McHale
Ernest Neighbor
Emily Sloan
Carolyn Tillotson
Elizabeth and Paul Uhlmann III Fund
Paul Uhlmann Jr. Donor Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Mike Weller

Ron and Rosemary Abbott
Richard and Barbara Atlas
Bill and Kelly Ye Charitable Fund
Charles and Laurie Jarrett
Brad and Ann Johnson - In Memory of Steve Chick
Charlotte Kreutz
Symie and Jay Menitove
Thomas and Bonita Oothoudt
Rebecca Smith
Cindy Spaeth
Corbin Trimble
Yancy Family Charitable Fund

Up to $99
Rita Abernathy    
Miriam Anderson     
Scott Butterfield    
Charlie and Kathy Calvert    
Brendan Davison    
Maria Davison    
David and Kari Dexter    
The Rev and Mrs. William Fasel    
L. Jane Jacobs    
Richard and Bernadette Kline    
Michael Elbein and Louise Lucas    
Thomas Maupin    
Jan McCreary    
Tom Muller    
Geoff and Betsy Parker    
Ed and Jan Rogge - In Memory of Paul Wylde    
Marion Shippee    
Dr. Charlie Smith    
Rick and Judy Tremblay    
Steve Walker    

Script Sponsors
Rainy Day Books

Special Thanks
Kansas City Art Institute 
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Don Mackey
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Oak Hall Condominiums
Sophian Plaza
Cindy Pratt Stokes
UMKC Department of Theatre

The Merchant of Venice Donors
Visionary $2500 and up
John C. Griswold Foundation
R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust
Dr. Scott and Bernadette Ashcraft
Beth Ingram
Edward P. Milbank
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter

Leader $1000-$2499
Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Allan D. Reichman-Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Mike and Sherry Coughlin
Don and Patricia Dagenais
Levin Family Foundation
Janet Long
McMeel Family Foundation
Stanley S. and Ardyce H. Pearson

Partner $500-$999
Commerce Bank
Steve and Cathy Doyal
Erik and Bev Elving
Tim and Cathy Goodger
Jules Moskowitz & Beti A. Weber Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Linda Lighton
Beth Burnett and Greg Patterson - In Memory of Steve Chick
R. Scott and Gloria J. Smith

Romantic Revels Gala 2015
Honorary Chairmen – Greg and Deanna Graves
Gala Chairmen – Dr. Scott and Bernadette Ashcraft
Patron Party Hosts – Bruce and Gayle Krigel
Presenting the Founder’s Award to DST Systems, Inc.

Lords & Ladies
Dr. Scott and Bernadette Ashcraft
Burns and McDonnell Foundation
Greg and Deanna Graves

Dukes & Duchesses
Scott and Susan Asner
Joel Cerwick
Dr. Michael and Ginger Frost 
Edward P. Milbank
Shirley & Barnett Helzberg Jr. Donor Advisory Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Baron & Baronesses
Bob and Jackie Gershon
Bruce and Gayle Krigel
Sherrill Mulhern
Blake and Lisa Wendelburg
Don Mackey and Linda Word

Romantic Couples
Jeffery Gibbs
Francis McCormick
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Dennis D. Hennessy and Richard Carrothers-New Theatre Restaurant
Drs. Susan and Charles Porter

Table Hosts
Global Prairie
David and Micki Harrison
Beth Ingram
Lockton Companies
Midwest Anesthesia Associates, P.A.
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter
Darren Sextro and John Rensenhouse
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Grover Simpson
Theater League
Teresa Walsh

Dan and Ginnie Bukovac
Christopher Davis
Dean and Patricia Davison
Mark Edelman
Anne and Howard Elsberry-Elsberry Family Foundation
Erik and Bev Elving
Chris and Sheila Gramling
Bruce and Gayle Krigel
Dan Nilsen
Steve and Laura Parkey
Beth Burnett and Greg Patterson
Joe and Kelly Privitera
Don Mackey and Linda Word
Project Control Services    

Deb Alexander
Patricia Davison
Ward Everhart
Alyson Germinder
Theresa Gibbons
Cathy Goodger
Laurie Ingram
Kendra Keller
Missy Koonce
Jennifer Kraenzle
Mano’s Gifts
Anne Simms
Dr. Robert Stokes and Cindy Pratt Stokes
Mariah Thompson
Leira Tillmon
Jake Walker
Austin Waters
Mike Whitehead

Gala Auction Donors
Alaskan Fur
Wanda Allen
Anderson Bed & Breakfast
Dr. Scott and Bernadette Ashcraft
Behind the Times
Bella Napoli
Irv and Sue Belzer
Jim Blair
The Broadmoor
Ian Byrne
Commons Hotel
The Coterie Theatre
Dean and Patricia Davison
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Fogo de Chao
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
French Market
Sidonie Garrett
Gates BBQ
The Gents Place
Girl’s Nite Inn
Tim and Cathy Goodger
Gram & Dun
Grand Street Café
Charles Gusewelle Books
Hello Art
Hotel Phillips
Hotel Sorella
Inspired Occasions
InterContinental Hotel
Merrily Jackson
Jude’s Rum Cakes
Kansas City Actor’s Theatre
Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Symphony
Dean Kube
Lake Quivira Country Club
Larissa’s Plaza Tailor Shop
Le Fou Frog
Les Bourgeois Winery
Local Pig/Alex Pope
Lockton Companies –Employee Benefits Division
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Mark One Electric
Chuck Matney
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art/Rozelle Court
Dan Nilsen
Physicians Business Network
President Hotel
Joe and Kelly Privitera
Quality Hill Playhouse
John Rensenhouse
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Stokes
Rocheport General Store
Marilyn Strauss
Randy Neal Floral Design Inc.
Southside Wood Company
Stockton Mercantile
Terassi Living & Scandia Home
Terry Bins Spa
Thomas Restaurant
Tomboy Designs
Tom Tivol
Unicorn Theatre
Lantz and Laura Welch
Jim and Joan Wells
Woodside Health and Tennis Club
Woodyard Bar-B-Que
Conrad and Dixie Yates

Donors as of 5/18/15