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Where Will You Make A Difference

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.

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The Broadway Series

Our Broadway Series brings top-quality musical theater to downtown Aurora, drawing patrons from across the western suburbs and far beyond. We carefully mix a line-up of famous favorites with lesser known but thought-provoking works you might not see anywhere else. Wowed by our talented casts, dazzling sets and live orchestral music, area critics and many patrons say our shows are the best in Chicago, on par with Broadway productions — and it’s your contributions that make them so.

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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.

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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. The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when we reach every member of the community to be included and valued, empowered and heard. The REACH community ticket program supports Paramount’s pledge to offer free or reduced price tickets to select performances at our many venues throughout the season.

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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.

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Giving Levels

Your generous donation deserves recognition. Here is a guide to help you choose your gift.

FRIEND

$125-$249

  • Recognition in the Playbill for one year
  • Mailed Copy of the Backstage Bulletin for one year
  • Access to the Premium Guest Experience (PGE) ticket pre-sale

SUPPORTING ROLE

$500-$999

  • Recognition in the Playbill for one year
  • Mailed Copy of the Backstage Bulletin for one year
  • Access to the Premium Guest Experience (PGE) ticket pre-sale
  • Recognition on the Paramount Theatre website for one year
  • Name on Premiere Society Wall for one year
  • Invitation to Premiere Society Events

DIRECTOR

$2,500-$4,999

  • Recognition in the Playbill for one year
  • Mailed Copy of the Backstage Bulletin for one year
  • Access to the Premium Guest Experience (PGE) ticket pre-sale
  • Recognition on the Paramount Theatre website for one year
  • Name on Premiere Society Wall for one year
  • Invitation to Premiere Society Events
  • Access to Donor Concierge
  • Invitation for two for Broadway press openings

BENEFACTOR

$10,000+

  • Recognition in the Playbill for one year
  • Mailed Copy of the Backstage Bulletin for one year
  • Access to the Premium Guest Experience (PGE) ticket pre-sale
  • Recognition on the Paramount Theatre website for one year
  • Name on Premiere Society Wall for one year
  • Invitation to Premiere Society Events
  • Access to Donor Concierge
  • Invitation for two for Broadway press openings
  • Two complimentary tickets to Season Kick-off Party
  • Customized Benefits and Special Recognitions for all annual donors of $10,000+
For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or jonathanj@paramountarts.com.
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 jonathanj@paramountarts.com.
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

Spotlight

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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Encore Society

Planned Giving at the Paramount

“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.”

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.  Benefits are life-long and begin as soon as you notify us of your gift and send a copy of the documentation that mentions Paramount Theatre. In addition, naming opportunities may be available.

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 jonathanj@paramountarts.com.

Encore Society Downloadable Form

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Corporate Sponsorship

sponsor a show

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 joelf@paramountarts.com.


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 jonathanj@paramountarts.com.
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 ljiljanam@paramountarts.com

 

For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or jonathanj@paramountarts.com.
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!

BENEFACTOR

$10,000 or more

BMO Harris Bank
The Chicago Community Trust
Dunham Foundation
Jake’s Inc.
Paramount Arts Centre Endowment
Verano Holdings
BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund
John & Erin Bryan
ComEd Exelon Company
Community Foundation Of The Fox River Valley
Brian Dolan
John Fayfar & Charles Dooley
Thomas & Joyce Fisher
Bruce & Linda Grider
Jean M. Hawkinson
Jonathan & Amber Hylton
Illinois Arts Council
Illinois Public Risk Fund
Kane County Treasuer
OLD SECOND NATIONAL BANK
Rush Copley
John & Jean Savage
James & Pamela Wyman

PRODUCER

$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
HUB International
Kluber Architects
Gary & Judy McCann
Gerald & Mary Ellen Palmer
Progressive Energy Group LLC
Dale & Sarah Richardson
Linda Roberts
Robert Sherry
Unilock Pavers & Walls
Frank & Char Voris

DIRECTOR

$2,500 – $4,999

Katherine Balek
Michael & Jan Baum
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
Janet & Stephen Kenyon
Tom & Pat Krave
Gina & Zach Moga
National Christian Foundation Chicago
New Tech Exteriors
Dr. Eric Nolan & Mike Finan
On Light
Steven & Jacqueline Risch
Schwab Charitable Fund
Mark & Pam Truemper
Ralph & Linda Voris

LEADING ROLE

$1,000 – $2,499

William Airey
American Endowment Foundation
Diane Barrowman
Tom Bastian
Benevity Community Impact Fund
William & Margaret Benoit
James & Susan Bergeron
Julie & Bob Bowen
Betty & Don Brownson
Al & Ellen Butkus
Mr. Jay Carlson
Carlson Family Charitable Fund
Caterpillar Foundation
Caterpillar Inc
Dr. Lori Civello
Joe & Shelly Clayton
Sherry Cosentine
John & Pam Dalby
Exelon Foundation
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Craig & Annette Frier
Mr.& Mrs. John Gaudio
Peter & Mary Jo Ginter
Tom & Mary K. Griffith
Chris & Mary Heineman
Jack & Diane Hienton
Mark & Suzanne Hosticka
Carol Hubbard
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Huberty
Raymond James
Jessica & Jonathan Jensen
Edward Jones
Bill & Laura Klish
Kathryn Krivacek
William Kundert
Paul & Sherry Loewe
LPL Financial
Lloyed & Judy Marlar
Kathleen & Mike McCabe
Mike & Vicki McCoy
Randy & Lisa McKee
John & Gwen McKee
Meyer Family Foundation
Morgan Stanley
Robert & Rhonda Nelson
Network for Good
Kirk & Janelle Neuhaus
Kristi Ream-Hoerres
Benjamin & Cheryl Reyes
T. Rowe Price Charitable
Lisa Savegnago & Randy Johnson
Glyn & Marleen Skerrett
Maria Smith
Michael & MaryJo Vetter
Weisner Family Charitable Foundation
Lee & Barbara Wilkins

SUPPORTING ROLE

$500 – $999

Jim Becker
The Bellafiore Family – V.J., Angie, Ava & Jayme
Michele Bergeron
Patricia & Terrence Blaida
April Brossett
Paul & Paula Buddy
Beth & Jim Burner
Donna Marie Calderon
Kathy Coles
Gorman Cook
Timothy Cummings
Patricia Donnelly-Wascher
Mr. James Doran
Kenneth & Kristine Fay
James & Patricia Feeley
Joe & Beth Filapek
Ryan & Diana Flannery
Jill Fox
Debbie & Bill Froelich
Jan & Richard Fujii
Kris & Charlie Fulton
Cheryl Garrigan
Martin Gawne
The Gelber Family
Christine Goerlich Weber
Robert Hall
Mike & Lisa Hawley
Edith Holst
Brian & Melissa Hurst
Yvonne Johnson
Jean Klingenstein
Dennis & Roberta Kmiec
Mark & Cheryl Knox
Michael & Nancy Knutson
John Lalka
Larry Larson
Cynthia Latimer
League of Chicago Theatres
Jim Mamminga
Bill & Robin Marlowe
Sharon Mau
Susan & Jim McGuire
Terry Medhurst
Michael & Julie Michelin
Chris & Erika Miller
Jon & Barbara Morgan
Kathryn Petersen
Bernie & Sandie Pollock
Ed & Donna Posuch
Sharon Rahr
John Reinert
Terry & Valerie Reynolds
John & Shirley Roesch
Kenneth & Carol Rojek
Chuck Salisbury
Caroline & Ed Sieben
Brian Smith & Jill Sidoti
Jeryl Smith
Linda Sonner
Bob & Mary Speers
Dr. & Mrs. Stipes
Joseph Szczepaniak
David & Karen Thomas
Valley Dental Care
Roger & Jeanette Vernon
Susan Watkins
Marilyn Weisner
Marianne Whitman
Thomas & Carolyn Wujek
Jerry & Barb Youngren
Jerry & Georgianna Zakosek

CONTRIBUTOR

$250 – $499

Nancy Abbott
Richard & Genevieve Angell
Aurora Downtown
Steven & Karen Bazzell
Steve & Anne Beatty
Heidi Bell
Jeff & Michelle Berls
Joni Blackman
John & Hedy Bosch
Sandra & Jim Boves
Lee Bradley
Rachel Bridge
Jeffry & Pat Butler
Mr. Colin C. Campbell
Karen & Larry Christensen
Meagan Colbenson
Jayne Cooper
Lisa & Dan Cosgrove
Derek Cottier
Laura Davis
Al Davis & Janis Chadsey
Hilary Decent
David & Connie Diederich
Ruth & Bert Dieter
Mary Dunn
Martha Egeland
Janet Essex
Mr. Gary Fairhead
Carol Ford
Margaret Frank
Lawrence & Pat Frieders
Alice & Jack Gagliano
Maryann Gee
Jo Gengler
Victoria Gill
Pauline & David Harding
Nancy Harrington
Susan Hazen
Frank Hettinger
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hill
Jane Hodgkinson
Jennifer Hunt
Patricia Hurt
Ronald & Leslie Jakious
Dennis Johnson
Darrell & Nancy Jordan
Jerry & Deborah Juzwiak
Ed & Doreen Keating
Terence L. Kothe
Constance Kozikowski
Mary Kreitling
Mary Kulka
Eric Larson
Daniel Lee
Michael Levy & Beryl MacLachlan
Hedy Lindgren & Jack Sharratt
Henry Lobbes
Julie Marx
Ben McInturff
Harry & Barbara McPherson
Georgia & Gary Mickey
Monarch Landing
Chuck & Kayte Moran
John Morrison
Jim & Kathy Navota
Brian & Marianne Nelsen
Boyd Nelson
Mary & Robert O’Connor
Catherine Offerman
Kevin & Linda O’Neill
Neal & Mary Clark Ormond
Susan O’Sullivan
Frank Patterson
Mr. Bill Patterson
Ms. Juli Pealstrom
Carol Pedot
Joseph & Golnar Phillips
Mrs. Kathleen Philpott
Charlie Pikscher
Terra Stetz & Rita Potter
Mary Powers
Pam Prestinario
Thomas & Karen Pulver
Philip & Ann Ramirez-Peduzzi
Jeff & Cindi Reuland
Tim & Kate Reuland
Lissa Richey
Leroy Rieck
Anthony & Cynthia Risky
Steve Roberts & Kathy Brock
Steve & Christine Robinson
Cheri Sager
Gretchen & Jim Sauer
Dietmar & Cheri Scheel
Edward & Brenda Schindlbeck
Phil Schuster
Stephan Seko
Brock & Ruth Ann Seney
Tom & Lisa Senn
Dennis & Dawn Sheble
Ms. Kim Skogsberg
William Smola
Maureen Sobczak
Nancy Steinberger
Gerard & Patricia Stewart
Dr. Karen J. Stewart
Stifel
Kim Svozil
Teddy & Sharon Szczepankowski
Arlene Thurow
Rev. Arlyn & Jeanne Tolzmann
Lillian & Steve Tsai
Ronald & Barbara Vavrinek
Joseph & Allison Villinski
Kristine Walsh
R.C. Wegman Construction
Douglas West
Helen Wilbur
Dennis Wowra
Dennis Zacek & Marcelle McVry

For more philanthropic opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Jonathan Jensen at 630-723-2484 or jonathanj@paramountarts.com.
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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