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Your gift has never been more important – or impactful – than at this moment. Thank you for supporting Paramount Theatre!

Giving Options

Charitable contributions are essential to quality programming in each of the following areas.

General Fund

Some of our most valuable contributions come from those who recognize our need for flexible funds. Donations given for general support allow us to cover gaps in our budget, to take advantage of emerging opportunities and to say “yes” to risks that result in breakthroughs for Paramount and our community.


The Broadway Series

Our Broadway Series brings top-quality musical theater to downtown Aurora, drawing patrons from across the western suburbs and far beyond. Our shows have been hailed by many as best in Chicago—on par with Broadway—thanks to our talented cast, dazzling sets, live orchestral music, and lastly, your generous support!

Creative Arts Day Camp

Paramount School of the Arts

Our School of the Arts created a splash from the very beginning. We hired an outstanding faculty and built extensive classroom space that allows us to provide students with top level arts education— a commitment that continues to expand through your generous gifts.


R.E.A.C.H. - Resources Expanding the Arts and Connecting Humanity

The Paramount’s REACH initiatives support programs that create limitless opportunities for children, and adults alike, to experience the arts such as Pay-What-You-Can performances at our many venues throughout the season, Theatre for Young Audiences touring shows, and so much more.


Other Funds

With several different areas that need charitable donations to thrive, like Scholarship Funds and New Works, you can choose how you make a difference with your selfless gift.

For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Why Consider A Charitable Gift

Why We Need Your Support

Paramount Theatre is more than just a presenter of great performances…

We constantly strive to be a spirit-lifting, community-building institution. The word on the street is, we’re succeeding.

A gift to Paramount strengthens the artistic and economic vitality of our community — and that’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Our promise is excellence at a low price — one that makes live performance more accessible to every family across the region.

View our 2021 Impact Report

The Economic Case

Paramount employs many area residents — we’re a theater committed to casting locally, building sets on-site, using a full live orchestra, etc. But that’s just the beginning…

As a second largest subscription base in the nation, Paramount’s Broadway series—alone—hosts nearly 250,000 audience members every year. Along with other performances in the Theatre, Paramount is responsible for generating foot traffic of roughly half a million people through downtown Aurora.

Additionally, through the summer concerts at RiverEdge Park, as well as community events and programming at the Paramount School of the Arts, the numbers of visitors to the downtown increases even more.

These visitors have a powerful effect on our community’s economic health, making downtown Aurora an increasingly alluring place to live and work.

We’re proud to say that Paramount’s programs help diversify the local economy, contributing to the vibrancy of the Aurora community.

The Quality-of-Life Case

Impact on a community is one thing; impact on individual lives is another. Here, too, Paramount shines…

Our patrons agree, the presence of great performing art, close to home and at an affordable price, has a powerful effect on their quality of life.

Mounting shows with both broad appeal and lofty production values, Paramount increasingly wins critical acclaim.

One of our audience members said it best, “Paramount has style that never fails. These shows make me think, make me laugh, make me cry. What else could do that?” With feedback like that we are certain that Paramount is succeeding in its mission.

For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Spotlight Monthly Giving


Share your enthusiasm as a loyal donor by joining our new monthly giving program

As one of our Spotlight donors, your monthly donation will sustain Paramount’s dedication to make the arts accessible to our community and to introduce the magic of live theatre across generations.

Consider a small, recurring charitable donation to sustain our award-wining work.  Choose a monthly gift that’s suitable for you. With just $11 a month you can unlock our exclusive Donor Benefits and gain access to all things Paramount.  And with a commitment of $84 dollars a month you can gain access to our Donor Concierge for all of your Paramount related needs.


Your generosity makes it possible for more people to experience the grandeur of the Paramount Theatre, the intimacy of the Copley Theatre and the atmosphere of RiverEdge Park.


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Planned Giving

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A gift in your will or living trust

For generations, theater-goers have enjoyed musicals, concerts, movies and more on-stage at the Paramount. A planned gift to Paramount Theatre will fulfill our mission to introduce the magic of live performing arts to future generations.

The Encore Society honors individuals that have chosen to arrange a planned gift to support the Paramount in their estate plans. Such a gift enables you, the donor, to achieve your personal financial goals (e.g., limiting estate taxes, provide for your heirs) and leave a lasting legacy of support at Paramount.

As you make long-term financial arrangements with family and loved-ones, including estate plans, please consider Paramount as a part of your long-lasting legacy. Gifts of any amount are accepted and can be designated to the fund of your choice. Paramount has partnered with FreeWill to give our supporters access to a free estate planning tool and help you make these gifts faster and easier than ever. Once you complete your plans through this online resource, your life-long benefits begin.

For more information on Planned Giving and the various gift giving vehicles with which you can support the Encore Society, contact Jonathan Jensen, Chief Development Officer at 630-723-2484 or

Already made a gift to Paramount in your will or trust? Fill out this form so we can keep our records up to date!

“When I donate here, I feel that I really see the results on stage. Yes, I give because the shows are amazing — but mostly to make sure it all continues.”

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Corporate Sponsorship

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Our sponsors play a crucial role in maintaining the high quality of Paramount productions and preserving the beauty of the theater itself. We value our sponsors highly and offer a number of benefits in return! To inquire about sponsoring a show, please contact Joel Friend at

Sponsorship Benefits

  • BRAND RECOGNITION Logo presence in Paramount Materials
  • BRAND EXPOSURE Logo presence to a wide demographic of Paramount patrons from several regions
  • PRINT ADVERTISING Logo presence on print advertising done for sponsored show
  • FLYERS & POSTCARDS Logo presence on flyers and postcards for sponsored show
  • SPONSOR DISPLAY Logo presence on prominent sponsor display in lobby for one year
  • SIGNAGE Company name included on all visible signage in the lobby for sponsored show
  • ANNOUNCEMENT On-stage acknowledgement prior to sponsored show
  • PREMIERE SOCIETY Prominent Premiere Society signage in lobby for one year
  • INDOOR EXHIBITION SPACE Allows sponsors to have the opportunity to reach and speak to the entire audience
  • MARQUEE Company name displayed on Paramount Marquee during sponsored show (dependent on level of sponsorship)
  • TICKETS Complimentary tickets to sponsored shows (number of tickets dependent on level of sponsorship)
  • MEET & GREETS First opportunity for approved Meet and Greet with performer (dependent on availability)

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your, or your spouse’s, company has a matching gift policy, please enter the employer’s name below.

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Matching Gifts allow for you to boost the impact of your gift and often double—sometimes even triple—its  amount.

If your company is eligible request a matching gift form from your employer and send it—completed and signed—along with your gift to Paramount. We will do the rest!

Many companies match gifts by retirees and /or spouses so make sure to double check!

Let us know your intent in respect to matching gifts by filling out this form.

Let us know your matching gift eligibility by filling out this form.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss matching gifts, please reach out to


For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Paramount On Tour


Join Broadway experts from Paramount on a curated getaway perfect for every theatre-lover. When travelling with Paramount On Tour, you’ll experience the hottest shows, finest restaurants, chicest hotel accommodations and more. And best of all, a portion of your trip payment directly supports Paramount!


New York City: May 19 – 22

NEW IN 2023! London: June 7 – 12

New York City: September 29 – October 2

New York City: December 1 – 4


For more information, contact Will Skrip, Donor Relations & Stewardship Manager, at or 630-896-1788
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Our Donors

Thank you to our generous donors!


$10,000 or more

Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation
BMO Harris Bankb
City of Aurora, Illinois
Hollywood Casino Aurora
Jake’s Inc.
Old Second National Bank
Paramount Arts Centre Endowment
Superior Beverage
Verano Holdings
James & Pamela Wyman
William & Margaret Benoit
John & Erin Bryan
Dunham Foundation
Thomas & Joyce Fisher
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Bruce & Linda Grider
Jonathan & Amber Hylton
Illinois Arts Council
Illinois Public Risk Fund
Invest Aurora
Latinos Progresando
Dr. Eric Nolan & Mike Finan
Progressive Business Solutions
Dale & Sarah Richardson
Rush Copley Medical Center
John & Jean Savage

*In Memoriam


$5,000 – $9,999

William & Janet Ainsworth
Aurora Illinois Kiwanis Foundation
Katherine Balek
James & Susan Bergeron
Clear Perspective Advisors, LLC
Sherry Cosentine
R. Bert Crossland
Dolan & Murphy Team of Caton Commercial
John & Cathie Frerich
Globe Management
Scott & Jane Glor
Bruce & Margot Goldsmith
Carol Gomien
Jean M. Hawkinson
Heartland Recycling
Kluber Architects
Gary & Judy McCann
Julie Proscia & Tim Hoppa
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Schmitt McDonald’s Corporation
Robert Sherry
Arlene Thurow
Mark & Pam Truemper
Unilock Pavers and Walls

*In Memoriam


$2,500 – $4,999

Alarm Detection Services
Jodi & Darryl Baltimore
Diane Barrowman & Dave Trollope
Dr. Michele Bruno
Earth Mover Credit Union
The Ecolab Foundation
*Lois Frerich
Mr. & Mrs. John Gaudio
Hon. Peter & Susan Grometer
Robert & Carol Ann Guthrie
Hon. Scheketa Hart-Burns
Rob Hoerres & Kristi Ream-Hoerres
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora-Naperville
Janet & Stephen Kenyon
Gary & Penny Mayer
Douglas & Stacey Meyer
Mandy Modic Endowment Fund
National Christian Foundation Chicago
Steven & Jacqueline Risch
Glyn & Marleen Skerrett
Frank & Char Voris
Ralph & Linda Voris
Wintrust Financial Corp
Thomas & Carolyn Wujek

*In Memoriam


$1,000 – $2,499

Katherine & Jerome Abend
William Airey
George & Carol Alewel
James & Joette Ariagno
Michael & Jan Baum
Steve & Anne Beatty
The Bellafiore Family – V.J., Angie, Ava & Jayme
Vince & Peggy Bellafiore
Phoebe Bickhaus
Julie & Bob Bowen
Betty Brownson
Heide Buckman
Joe & Shelly Clayton
J. Gorman Cook & Carole A. Kohout
Jim Corti
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Peter & Lorraine Dirks
Monica Donath
James W Doran
Erik & Krista Egeland
Pam Ferdinand
Craig & Annette Frier
Debbie & Bill Froelich
Kris & Charlie Fulton
Martin Gawne & Jean Defrancesco
Leslie Geraci
Diane & Douglas Gerner
Robert & Maureen Harding
Ken & Lu Anne Harkins
Richard & Arlene Hawks
Chris & Mary Heineman
Paul & Caryl Herwick
Jack & Diane Hienton
Jack Hinterlong
Rosemary & Lester Hovaniec
Carol Hubbard
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Huberty
Brian & Melissa Hurst
Jessica & Jonathan Jensen
Yvonne Johnson
Patricia Kehoe
Robert & Karrie Kirk
Bill & Laura Klish
Terence L. Kothe
Jeremy Kramer
Joan Kramer
Tom & Pat Krave
Kathryn Krivacek
Larry C Larson
Cynthia Latimer
Rosemary Law
Carol Lee
Ronald Lee
Russell Lipari & Ronald Steinacher
Paul & Sherry Loewe
Richard Manser & Liza L. Elliott
Milynn Mapalo & Grant Zabielski
Sharon Mau
Kathleen & Mike McCabe
Mike & Vicki McCoy
Randy & Lisa McKee
Miller Charitable Fund
Chris & Erika Miller
Gina & Zach Moga
Morgan Stanley
Jon & Barbara Morgan
Joe & Dawn Mowka
Anne & David Myers
Dianne & Byron Nelson
Kirk & Janelle Neuhaus
Ron & Joyce Nicholas
Gerald & Mary Ellen Palmer
Susan & Kevin Paloucek
James D. Pearson Family
Marilyn & Jack Pitsch
William Daniel III & Cindy Reilly
Benjamin & Cheryl Reyes
Terry & Valerie Reynolds
Linda Roberts
Steve Roberts & Kathy Brock
Kenneth & Carol Rojek
Charles & Christine Salisbury
Lisa Savegnago & Randy Johnson
Jim & Lorraine Scott
Lanny & Terry Seeberg
Sentry Insurance Foundation, Inc.
Brian Smith & Jill Sidoti
Jane Stearns
Dr. & Mrs. Stipes
Rob Stoll & Rob Spanton
Joseph & Mary Szczepaniak
Sarah & Michael Tesch
Michael & MaryJo Vetter
Barb Vlack
Elizabeth Werth
Barbara Wilkins & Douglas Slater
*Scott J. Williams Family Trust
Russell and Maribel Woerman
Barbara Youngren
Dennis Zacek & Marcelle McVay
Jerry & Georgianna Zakosek
Frances Zollers & Harry Eng

*In Memoriam


$500 – $999

Alan & Carol Adams
Sue Ansell
Jan & Robert Arvin, Jr.
Aurora Fastprint, Inc.
Steven & Karen Bazzell
Michele Bergeron
Patricia & Terrence Blaida
William Blair & Company
Blue Yonder Inc
Cathy & John Boll
Betty Bosmeny
Jim & Sandy Boves
Robert & Amy Boynton
Su B & Jim McGuire
Nina Brottman
Charles & Sandra Brummet
Patricia Buchholtz
Paul & Paula Buddy
Jeffry & Pat Butler
Amie Caban
Janet Carpenter
Sandra Christianson
Mary Collins
Judith Crampton
Bob & Sue Cuthbertson
John & Pam Dalby
Al Davis & Janis Chadsey
Karen DeAngelis & Dennis Nielsen
Brenda Didier
Fred & Mary Dornback
Gregg & Betsy Lee Duncan
Barry & Carol Dunne
Carol Dziekanowski
Jason & Sally Egan
Helen Ekstrom
Betty Erickson
A Denise Farrugia & Ronald Burgess
Coleen Feece
James & Patricia Feeley
Mary Filice
Alice & Jack Gagliano
Lynnette Gartland
Phil & Amy Gelber
Dan & Kim Gier
Robert Glavan
Christine Goerlich Weber
Gerald Good II
Linda D. & Craig C. Grannon
Christine & Jeffrey Grohne
Robin & Barbara Hall
Peggy Hart
Bonnie Haskins
Worth Hill
Jane Hodgkinson
Krista Howland
Pamela M Hoxsey
Ronald & Leslie Jakious
Jerry Juzwiak
Jean Klingenstein
Dennis & Roberta Kmiec
Mark & Cheryl Knox
Michael & Nancy Knutson
Mary Krause
Barbara Laimins
John Lalka
Patricia Lawlor
Linda Lewandowski
Zelda Lewis
Kathleen Mackie
Jim Mamminga
Alice Manning-Dowd
Lloyed & Judy Marlar
Bill & Robin Marlowe
Karen Mason
Katherine McConnell
Barry McKeown
Terry Medhurst
Kathleen A Menzer
Susan Metcalf
John & Barbara Meyers
Michael & Julie Michelin
Georgia & Gary Mickey
Janice Moran
Tom & Marlene Moran
Guy & Carol Morice
Karen Myrent
Jim & Kathy Navota
Mary Noe
Sharon A Olsen
Gene & Noreen O’Neill
Sharon Osowski
Denise & Jon Parlier
Philip Peduzzi & Ann Ramirez-Peduzzi
Christine & John Peggau
Nancy Peterson
Olive Poliks
Ed & Donna Posuch
Mary F. Powers
Geraldine Puccio
Sharon Rahr
Tim & Kate Reuland
Daniel & Susan Ryan
Richard & Joann Ryan
Adam Sadkowski
Lynn Schaller
Inga Scheckel
Carolyn & Roger Schellenberger
Edward & Brenda Schindlbeck
Brock & Ruth Ann Seney
Margaret Sepsey
Frank & Annette Shoemaker
April Shouse
Caroline & Ed Sieben
Susan Siegfried
LaVora Singleton & Lynn Dieter
Gerald & Kathleen Skyles
Maureen Slater
Shirley Soll
Don Sommer
Bob & Mary Speers
Lois St Germain
William & Barbara Starkweather
Charles & Kathy Strayve
Dawn Struxness
Mary Tennant
Vickie & Al Tokar
Rev. Arlyn & Jeanne Tolzmann
Ronald & Barbara Vavrinek
Roger & Jeanette Vernon
Shirley Vida
Ellen Voda
Charlie & Ava Wallin
Kristine Walsh
Patricia Donnelly-Wascher & Thomas Wascher
Stephanie Weber
Anna Wetherholt
Cass Wheeler & Deby Bell
Helen & Jim Wilbur
Janice Williams
Rebecca Wolverton
Dennis Wowra
Candace Wrobel
Barbara Yahnke
Melissa & KC Yanko
Anonymous (1)

*In Memoriam


$250 – $499

Mike & Sandy Anderson
Stephen Baime
Ed & Barb Baker
Dick & Joanne Bales
Delia Nila Basile
Betty & Bob Becker
David Belanger
Darcy Bielema
Michael Bond
John & Hedy Bosch
Raymond & Christie Boutte
Jean H. Bradley
David & Deanna Bressler
Rachel Bridge
Vera Capp
Jeanne M Cappello
Bonnie Caswell
Frank & Mary Catalano
Andy Chludzinski & Kim Young
Amy Christiansen
Dr. Lori Civello
Suzanne Compton
Dennis Cotter
Steve Coungeris
Sabra Darugar
Winifred Daumen
Debbie Daunheimer
Kathryn Davolos
Ross & Hilary Decent
Rich & Marlene Deck
Mary Deheck
Kristen DeLay
Vincent Divincenzo
Margaret Doud
Don & Joan DuChane
Eagle Construction & Supply
The Espinosa Family
Richard Faltz
Ryan & Diana Flannery
Marilyn Franck
Nancy Frere
Kenneth Fron
Rich & Jan Fujii
Ashley Garrett
The Gendell Family Foundation Inc.
Jo Gengler
Barbara Gibbs
Victoria Gill
Peter & Mary Jo Ginter
John & Carole Gonzalez
Kathy Gordey
Jeff Graziadei
Claudia Green
Tom & Mary K. Griffith
Gary Hawk
Luke & Kelsey Hazzard
Nancy Hensley
Betty & Francis Hettinger
James & Ina Heup
Mary & Barry Horek
Vincent & Gail Horton
Randy & Karen Hradek
Jennifer Hunt
Quyen Huynh & Nathan Tauscheck
Margie & Mike Isaacson
Alan & Julie Isberg
James & Gale Horn
Bill Jindrich
Dr. Stephen & Mrs. Alexandra Juriga
Robin Kalinowski
Ed & Doreen Keating
Trudi Kessler
Sharon & Donald Kinley
Dewayne & Karen Klein
Tim Kolzow
Meghan Konrad
Margaret Kopera
Ryan Korell
John P. & Catherine M. Kos
Perry & Judy Kozicki
Constance Kozikowski
Phyllis Kramer
Ruth Kramp
Margaret Kulze
Ed & Carol Lamping
Gregory & Kristine Larsen
Richard & Irma Larson
Chuck & Lani Lee
Brian LeFevre
Jean Lemberger
Guy Lenke
Sandra Lesniak
Michael Long & Lynn Leitzen
Paul Listek
James & Nancy Lowers
Lorin Lynch & Lynne Lichtenauer
Dr. Eric Nolan, MD & Mike Finan on behalf of Creekwood Associates Staff
Maurice Macklin & Ivette Sanchez-Valentin
Beryl MacLachlan & Michael Levy
Richard & Mary Grace Madamba
Bartley Madden
Gregory Madden
Joan & Gary Mather
Bob Mathews
Rev. Don McLaughlin
Harry & Barbara McPherson
Trudy & Charles Medhurst
Anjalika Meschi
Pati & Tom Miers
John & Eileen Miller
Michael & Susan Mitchell
Kathleen Molnor
Chuck & Kayte Moran
Morrison Family
Dave Natchke
Debra Nilsson
Kevin & Linda O’Neill
Neal & Mary Clark Ormond
Susan O’Sullivan
John & Roberta Paskvalich
Carol Pedot
Eric & Kathryn Petersen
Judi Petersen
Joseph & Golnar Phillips
Ryan & Kimberly Philo
Carol Beem & Tom Piotrowski
Bernie & Sandie Pollock
John & Sue Potter
Rita Potter & Terra Stetz
Deborah Rachlis
John Reinert
Jeff & Cindi Reuland
John Reutter
Anthony Risky & Cynthia Risky
John & Shirley Roesch
Frank & Shelley Saltijeral
Charles & Jennifer Schwer
Dennis & Dawn Sheble
Kim Skogsberg
Will Skrip
Daniel M Smith
Mae Smith
Maureen Sobczak
Nancy Spring-Epley
Laura Stewart
Paul & Linda Thistlethwaite
James & Rebecca Tudor
Brenda & Mackenzie Van Wyhe
Joseph & Allison Villinski
Edward & Mary Ann Wagner
Stephen H. Waller
Jeffrey & Carrie Walter
Susan Watkins
Ray & Bette Weaver
Ann & Douglas West
Lisa Wheeler
Edna Wieland
Martin Will
Carol Williams
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Yanz
Kevin York
Donald Zabelin & Barbara Sered-Zabelin

*In Memoriam

For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Donor Benefits

To show our appreciation and gratitude for your generous support of Paramount we’ve developed the below Donor Benefits for your various levels of giving. We couldn’t do it without YOU!


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People Make Paramount



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