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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.


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

Registration opens late September 2022

Want to hear more about traveling with Paramount? Join us for an informational session on Tuesday, October 18th from 6-7:30 pm in North Island Center


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 Bank
City of Aurora, Illinois
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
Dunham Foundation
Thomas & Joyce Fisher
Hollywood Casino Aurora
Jake’s Inc.
Kane County Treasurer
Old Second National Bank
Superior Beverage
Verano Holdings
James & Pamela Wyman
BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund
John & Erin Bryan
ComEd Exelon Company
Bruce & Linda Grider
Jonathan & Amber Hylton
Illinois Arts Council
Illinois Public Risk Fund
National Endowment for the Arts
Dr. Eric Nolan & Mike Finan
Dale & Sarah Richardson
Rush Copley Medical Center
John & Jean Savage

*In Memoriam


$5,000 – $9,999

William & Janet Ainsworth
Aurora Illinois Kiwanis Foundation
Clear Perspective Advisors, LLC
Sherry Cosentine
Globe Management
Scott & Jane Glor
Bruce & Margot Goldsmith
Carol Gomien
Jean M. Hawkinson
Julie Proscia & Tim Hoppa
Invest Aurora
Kluber Architects
Gary & Judy McCann
Progressive Energy Group LLC
Robert Sherry
Mark & Pam Truemper
Unilock Pavers and Walls

*In Memoriam


$2,500 – $4,999

Alarm Detection Services
Earth Mover Credit Union
The Ecolab Foundation
Equitrust Life Insurance Company
Exelon Foundation
Fox Valley Credit Union
Hon. Peter & Susan Grometer
Robert Guthrie
Rob Hoerres & Kristi Ream-Hoerres
Janet & Stephen Kenyon
Tom & Pat Krave
LPL Financial
Mandy Modic Endowment Fund
Pepsico Foundation
Steven and Jacqueline Risch
Schwab Charitable Fund
New Tech Exteriors
Wintrust Financial Corp
Thomas & Carolyn Wujek

*In Memoriam


$1,000 – $2,499

William Airey
Katherine Balek
Diane Barrowman & Dave Trollope
Michael & Jan Baum
Steve & Anne Beatty
Scott & Karin Beil
Vince & Peggy Bellafiore
Benevity Community Impact Fund
William & Margaret Benoit
James & Susan Bergeron
Betty Brownson
Heide Buckman
Caterpillar Foundation
Joe & Shelly Clayton
John & Pam Dalby
Peter & Lorraine Dirks
Monica Donath
Patricia Donnelly-Wascher & Thomas Wascher
Mr. James Doran
E*Trade Securities
Edward Jones
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Russ & Judy Flores
Craig & Annette Frier
Mr. & Mrs. John Gaudio
Martin Gawne & Jean DeFrancesco
Robert & Maureen Harding
Richard & Arlene Hawks
Chris & Mary Heineman
Paul & Caryl Herwick
Jack & Diane Hienton
Jane Hodgkinson
Carol Hubbard
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Huberty
Brian & Melissa Hurst
Jessica & Jonathan Jensen
Karen & Larry Christensen
Jean Klingenstein
Bill & Laura Klish
Terence L. Kothe
Kathryn Krivacek
John Lalka
Larry C Larson
Cynthia Latimer
Paul & Sherry Loewe
Manser Elliot Gift Fund
Sharon Mau
Kathleen & Mike McCabe
Mike & Vicki McCoy
Randy & Lisa McKee
Douglas & Stacey Meyer
Rhonda Michalek
Miller Charitable Fund
Chris & Erika Miller
Gina & Zach Moga
Morgan Stanley
Anne & David Myers
Kirk & Janelle Neuhaus
Gerald & Mary Ellen Palmer
James D. Pearson Family
John Rachford
Raymond James
Renaissance Charitable Fund
Benjamin & Cheryl Reyes
Linda Roberts
Sarah & Michael Tesch
Lisa Savegnago & Randy Johnson
Sentry Insurance Foundation, Inc.
John Sjoholm
Glyn & Marleen Skerrett
Brian Smith & Jill Sidoti
Maria Smith
Rob Stoll
Joseph & Mary Szczepaniak
The Palmer Family Foundation
Frank & Char Voris
Ralph & Linda Voris
Barbara Wilkins & Douglas Slater
Barb Youngren
Grant Zabielski
Frances Zollers

*In Memoriam


$500 – $999

Sue Ansell
Aurora Fastprint, Inc.
The Bellafiore Family – V.J., Angie, Ava & Jayme
Michele Bergeron
Patricia & Terrence Blaida
Blue Yonder Inc
Marcia Bose
Robert & Amy Boynton
Robert Brown
Charles & Sandra Brummet
Paul & Paula Buddy
Jeffry & Pat Butler
*Robert Cobb
Kathy Coles
Jim Corti
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Judith Crampton
Robert Cuthbertson
Al Davis & Janis Chadsey
Karen DeAngelis & Dennis Nielsen
Brenda Didier
Barry & Carol Dunne
Jason & Sally Egan
Erik & Krista Egeland
Coleen Feece
James & Patricia Feeley
Fidelity Brokerage Services
Debbie & Bill Froelich
Frontstream Operations
Kris & Charlie Fulton
Phil & Amy Gelber
Christine Goerlich Weber
Linda D. & Craig C. Grannon
Tom & Mary K. Griffith
Robin & Barbara Hall
Worth Hill
Melissa Ivers
Yvonne Johnson
Dennis & Roberta Kmiec
Barbara Laimins
Bill & Robin Marlowe
Terry Medhurst
Kathleen A Menzer
Tom & Marlene Moran
Jon & Barbara Morgan
Jim & Kathy Navota
Tana Nordaker
Denise & Jon Parlier
Kate Patrick
Christine & John Peggau
Ed & Donna Posuch
Terry & Valerie Reynolds
Steve Roberts & Kathy Brock
Kenneth & Carol Rojek
Daniel & Susan Ryan
Richard & Joann Ryan
Charles & Christine Salisbury
Ingrid Scheckel
Edward & Brenda Schindlbeck
Frank & Annette Shoemaker
Caroline & Ed Sieben
LaVora Singleton & Lynn Dieter
Gerald & Kathleen Skyles
Maureen Sobczak
Mr. Don Sommer
Bob & Mary Speers
Dr. & Mrs. Stipes
TD Ameritrade Clearing TD Ameritrade Clearing
The Cuthbertson Family Giving Fund
Thrivent Mutual Funds
Vickie & Al Tokar
Rev. Arlyn & Jeanne Tolzmann
Charlie & Ava Wallin
Anna Wetherholt
Cass Wheeler & Deby Bell
Helen & Jim Wilbur
Janice Williams
Dennis Wowra
Jerry & Georgianna Zakosek

*In Memoriam


$250 – $499

Mike & Sandy Anderson
Jan & Robert Arvin, Jr.
Mr. stephen baime
Dick & Joanne Bales
Delia Nila Basile
Steven & Karen Bazzell
Darcy Bielema
Cathy & John Boll
Michael Bond
John & Hedy Bosch
Jim & Sandy Boves
Jean H. Bradley
Susan & Jim McGuire
Rachel Bridge
Vera Capp
Jeanne M Cappello
Bonnie Caswell
Andy Chludzinski & Kim Young
Amy Christiansen
Suzanne Compton
Dennis Cotter
Steve Coungeris
Mrs. Sabra Darugar
Winifred & Bill Daumen
Debbie Daunheimer
Kathryn Davolos
Ross & Hilary Decent
Rich & Marlene Deck
Kristen DeLay
Vince Divincenzo
Fred & Mary Dornback
Margaret Doud
Don & Joan DuChane
Gregg & Betsy Lee Duncan
Eagle Construction & Supply
The Espinosa Family
Ryan & Diana Flannery
Rich & Jan Fujii
Ashley Garrett
Cheryl Garrigan
The Gendell Family Foundation Inc.
Jo Gengler
Barbara Gibbs
Harry & Barbara McPherson
John Meier
Anjalika Meschi
Michael & Julie Michelin
Pati & Tom Miers
Chuck & Kayte Moran
Joe & Dawn Mowka
Boyd Nelson
Debra Nilsson
Kevin & Linda O’Neill
Neal & Mary Clark Ormond
Susan O’Sullivan
John & Roberta Paskvalich
Carol Pedot
Judi Petersen
Eric & Kathy Petersen
Joseph & Golnar Phillips
Ryan & Kimberly Philo
Carol Beem & Tom Piotrowski
Bernie & Sandie Pollock
John & Sue Potter
Rita Potter & Terra Stetz
Mary F. Powers
Sharon Rahr
John Reinert
Jeff & Cindi Reuland
John Reutter
Anthony Risky & Cynthia Risky
John & Shirley Roesch
Adam Sadkowski
Frank & Shelley Saltijeral
Carolyn & Roger Schellenberger
Charles & Jennifer Schwer
Brock & Ruth Ann Seney
Dennis & Dawn Sheble
Ms. Kim Skogsberg
Will Skrip
Mae Smith
Jane Stearns
Laura Stewart
Chuck Strayve
Ron & Dawn Struxness
Brenda & Mackenzie Van Wyhe
Ronald & Barbara Vavrinek
Joseph & Allison Villinski
Kristine Walsh
Susan Watkins
Ann & Douglas West
Ms. Lisa Wheeler
Rebecca Wolverton
KC Yanko
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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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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