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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.

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 sustaining 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.  You could choose to give $10 a month, commemorating the 10 years of our Broadway Series…$36 a month, to honor each of our 36 Broadway Series shows…or $84 a month to honor our actors’ 84 Jeff Award nominations. You can even make a one-time contribution, just to say “Keep up the good work!”

Here’s how much your gift means to Paramount Nation!

$5 a month provides tickets to local families through our Dreams Do Come True initiative

$10 a month provides scholarships to students at the School of the Arts

$25 a month provides school bus transportation to students to attend imaginative live-theatrical events

$50 a month provides sign language interpretation at many of our Broadway series performances

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.

Join Spotlight to support the Paramount mission all year long!

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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!

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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Our Donors

Thank you to our generous donors!


$10,000 or more

Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
City of Aurora, Illinois
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
Dunham Foundation
Hollywood Casino Aurora
Jake’s Inc.
Paramount Arts Centre Endowment
The Chicago Community Trust
Verano Holdings
BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund
John & Erin Bryan
Illinois Arts Council
John Fayfar & Charles Dooley
Thomas & Joyce Fisher
Jonathan & Amber Hylton
Illinois Public Risk Fund
Kane County Treasurer
National Endowment for the Arts
Dr. Eric Nolan & Mike Finan
Old Second National Bank
Rush Copley Medical Center
John & Jean Savage
James & Pamela Wyman

*In Memoriam


$5,000 – $9,999

William Ainsworth
Aurora Illinois Kiwanis Foundation
Clear Perspective Advisors, LLC
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
First Midwest Bank
Globe Management
Scott & Jane Glor
Bruce & Linda Grider
Jean M. Hawkinson
Julie Proscia & Tim Hoppa
Invest Aurora
Kluber Architects
Gary & Judy McCann
Gerald & Mary Ellen Palmer
Progressive Energy Group LLC
Dale & Sarah Richardson
Steven & Jacqueline Risch
Linda Roberts
Seize the Future Development Foundation
Robert Sherry
Unilock Pavers & Walls
Frank & Char Voris

*In Memoriam


$2,500 – $4,999

Katherine Balek
Michael & Jan Baum
James & Susan Bergeron
Rodney Crossland
Earth Mover Credit Union
The Ecolab Foundation
Russell & Judy Flores
Fox Valley Credit Union
John & Cathie Frerich
Bruce & Margot Goldsmith
Carol Gomien
Hon. Peter & Susan Grometer
Robert Guthrie
Janet & Stephen Kenyon
Tom & Pat Krave
LPL Financial
Mandy Modic Endowment Fund
National Christian Foundation Chicago
On Light
Pepsico Foundation
Kristi Ream-Hoerres
Schwab Charitable Fund
New Tech Exteriors
Mark & Pam Truemper
Ralph & Linda Voris
Wintrust Financial Corp
Thomas & Carolyn Wujek

*In Memoriam


$1,000 – $2,499

William Airey
American Endowment Foundation
Diane & Dave Barrowman
Vince & Peggy Bellafiore
Benevity Community Impact Fund
William & Margaret Benoit
Julie & Bob Bowen
Betty & Don Brownson
Heide Buckman
Carlson Family Charitable Fund
Mr. Jay Carlson
Caterpillar Inc
Dr. Lori Civello
Joe & Shelly Clayton
Sherry Cosentine
John & Pam Dalby
Edward Jones
Exelon Foundation
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Caterpillar Foundation
Craig & Annette Frier
Mr.& Mrs. John Gaudio
Peter & Mary Jo Ginter
Chris & Mary Heineman
Paul & Caryl Herwick
Jack & Diane Hienton
Mark & Suzanne Hosticka
Carol Hubbard
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Huberty
Jessica & Jonathan Jensen
Bill & Laura Klish
Kathryn Krivacek
William Kundert
Paul & Sherry Loewe
Manser Elliot Gift Fund
Lloyed & Judy Marlar
Sharon Mau
Mike & Vicki McCoy
John McKee
Randy & Lisa McKee
Meyer Family Foundation
Miller Charitable Fund
Chris & Erika Miller
Morgan Stanley
Robert & Rhonda Nelson
Network for Good
Kirk & Janelle Neuhaus
Raymond James
Renaissance Charitable Fund
Benjamin & Cheryl Reyes
Lisa Savegnago & Randy Johnson
Glyn & Marleen Skerrett
Maria Smith
Rob Stoll
T. Rowe Price Charitable
Michael & MaryJo Vetter
Weisner Family Charitable Foundation
Lee & Barbara Wilkins

*In Memoriam


$500 – $999

Tom Bastian
Jim Becker
The Bellafiore Family – V.J., Angie, Ava & Jayme
Michele Bergeron
Beth & Jim Burner
Patricia & Terrence Blaida
Susan & Jim McGuire
Charles & Sandra Brummet
Paul & Paula Buddy
*Robert Cobb
Kathy Coles
Karen DeAngelis & Dennis Nielsen
Debbie & Bill Froelich
Brenda Didier
Patricia Donnelly-Wascher
Mr. James Doran
Coleen Feece
James & Patricia Feeley
Joe & Beth Filapek
Ryan & Diana Flannery
Jan & Richard Fujii
Kris & Charlie Fulton
Martin Gawne & Jean DeFrancesco
The Gelber Family
Tom & Mary K. Griffith
Mike & Lisa Hawley
Brian & Melissa Hurst
Yvonne Johnson
Jean Klingenstein
Dennis & Roberta Kmiec
John Lalka
Larry Larson
Cynthia Latimer
League of Chicago Theatres
Jim Mamminga
Bill & Robin Marlowe
Kathleen & Mike McCabe
Terry Medhurst
Gina & Zach Moga
Jon & Barbara Morgan
The Palmer Family Foundation
Carol Pedot
Kathryn Petersen
Ed & Donna Posuch
Sharon Rahr
John Reinert
Terry & Valerie Reynolds
Steve Roberts & Kathy Brock
John & Shirley Roesch
Kenneth & Carol Rojek
Daniel & Susan Ryan
Chuck & Christine Salisbury
Edward & Brenda Schindlbeck
Caroline & Ed Sieben
LaVora Singleton & Lynn Dieter
Brian Smith & Jill Sidoti
Jeryl Smith
Mr. Don Sommer
Linda Sonner
Bob & Mary Speers
Dr. & Mrs. Stipes
Joseph & Mary Szczepaniak
Sarah & Michael Tesch
Susan Watkins
Cass Wheeler & Deby Bell
Marianne Whitman
Jerry & Georgianna Zakosek

*In Memoriam


$250 – $499

Nancy Abbott
Alan and Carol Adams Family Charitable Fund
Richard & Genevieve Angell
Susan Ansell
Aurora Downtown
James Bachman
Mr. stephen baime
Concetta Baltz
Steven & Karen Bazzell
Steve & Anne Beatty
Heidi Bell
Jeff & Michelle Berls
Darcy Bielema
Joni Blackman
Cathy & John Boll
Michael Bond
John & Hedy Bosch
Sandra & Jim Boves
Robert Boynton
Jean H. Bradley
Lee Bradley
Rachel Bridge
April Brossett
Jeffry & Pat Butler
Mr. Colin C. Campbell
Vera Capp
Andy Chludzinski & Kim Young
Meagan Colbenson
Suzanne Compton
Jayne Cooper
Lisa & Dan Cosgrove
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Dennis Cotter
Derek Cottier
Timothy Cummings
Al Davis & Janis Chadsey
Laura Davis
Hilary Decent
Rich & Marlene Deck
David & Connie Diederich
Ruth & Bert Dieter
Alice Dornan
Fred & Mary Dornback
Margaret Doud
Don & Joan DuChane
Mary Dunn
Marcia M. Duvick
Martha Egeland
Janet Essex
Mr. Gary Fairhead
Carol Ford
Margaret Frank
Charles & Lois Freiheit
Nancy Frere
Lawrence & Pat Frieders
Frontstream Operations
Mary Fusek & Diana Palcowski
Alice & Jack Gagliano
Cheryl Garrigan
Virginia Gaspar
Maryann Gee
Jo Gengler
Victoria Gill
Christine Goerlich Weber
Kathy Gordey
Claudia Green
Zachary Gustafson
Donald Hahn
Robert Hall
Dennis & Edie Hard
Pauline & David Harding
Robert Harding
Nancy Harrington
Susan Hazen
The Hensley Charitable Gift Fund
Nancy Hensley
Frank Hettinger
James & Ina Heup
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hill
Jane Hodgkinson
Mary & Barry Horek
Tom & Jeanne Horonzy
Jennifer Hunt
Patricia Hurt
Ronald & Leslie Jakious
Dennis Johnson
William Johnson
Darrell & Nancy Jordan
Jerry & Deborah Juzwiak
Karen & Larry Christensen
Ed & Doreen Keating
Trudi Kessler
Sharon & Donald Kinley
Mark & Cheryl Knox
Patrick Kolzow
Judy Kossert
Terence L. Kothe
Constance Kozikowski
Ruth Kramp
Mary Kreitling
Mary Kulka
Gregory & Kristine Larsen
Eric Larson
Richard & Irma Larson
Annette Laughlin
Lawrence & Gail Bell
Chuck & Lani Lee
Daniel Lee
Sandra Lesniak & Ashley Garrett
Beryl MacLachlan & Michael Levy
Hedy Lindgren & Jack Sharratt
Henry Lobbes
Richard & Verna Lobojko
Lorin Lynch & Lynne Lichtenauer
Julie Marx
Ben McInturff
Harry & Barbara McPherson
Mrs. Trudy & Mr. Charles Medhurst
Michael & Julie Michelin
Joe & Sue Michels
Georgia & Gary Mickey
Monarch Landing
Chuck & Kayte Moran
Tom & Marlene Moran
John Morrison
Scott Mouis
Joe & Dawn Mowka
Kathryn Murphy
Jim & Kathy Navota
Brian & Marianne Nelsen
Boyd Nelson
Chuck & Glenna Nila
Mary & Robert O’Connor
Catherine Offerman
Patricia O’Neil
Kevin & Linda O’Neill
Neal & Mary Clark Ormond
Susan O’Sullivan
Mr. John Palter & Tina Marshall
Denise & Jon Parlier
Rich & Bonnie Pasbrig
Mr. Bill Patterson
Frank Patterson
Ms. Juli Pealstrom
Judith Petersen
Joseph & Golnar Phillips
Mrs. Kathleen Philpott
Charlie Pikscher
Carol Beem & Tom Piotrowski
Regina & Kevin Pohlschmidt
Bernie & Sandie Pollock
Rita Potter & Terra Stetz
Mary F. Powers
Pam Prestinario
Thomas & Karen Pulver
Diana Raimond
Philip & Ann Ramirez-Peduzzi
Jeff & Cindi Reuland
Tim & Kate Reuland
Lissa Richey
Leroy Rieck
Anthony & Cynthia Risky
Steve & Christine Robinson
Cheri Sager
Gretchen & Jim Sauer
Dietmar & Cheri Scheel
Carolyn & Roger Schellenberger
Phil Schuster
Charles & Jennifer Schwer
Stephan Seko
Tom & Lisa Senn
Brock & Ruth Ann Seney
Dennis & Dawn Sheble
Ms. Kim Skogsberg
William Smola
Maureen Sobczak
Deborah Solecki
Jane Stearns
Nancy Steinberger
Gerard & Patricia Stewart
Dr. Karen J. Stewart
Chuck Strayve
Ron & Dawn Struxness
Kim Svozil
Teddy & Sharon Szczepankowski
David & Karen Thomas
Arlene Thurow
Vickie & Al Tokar
Rev. Arlyn & Jeanne Tolzmann
Jim & Clare Toynton
Lillian & Steve Tsai
Ronald & Barbara Vavrinek
Joseph & Allison Villinski
Kristine Walsh
R.C. Wegman Construction
Douglas & Ann West
Helen Wilbur
George & Mary Wilson
Dennis Wowra
KC Yanko
Donald Zabelin & Barbara Sered-Zabelin
Dennis Zacek & Marcelle McVry

*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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