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AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL

Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film

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Rosen Sculpture Walk July 25, 2015. Photo by Appalachian State University.

SUPPORT

Artistic excellence, accessibility, and audience engagement make An Appalachian Summer Festival unique. Because the festival is committed to affordable ticket prices, revenues from ticket sales cover only about 43% of its annual costs. Private support from festival donors must fill the gap in order to ensure a continue commitment both quality programming and affordable ticket pricing.

We are extraordinarily fortunate that our community embraces the arts so passionately, and that festival donors and sponsors have chosen to support An Appalachian Summer Festival so generously. This loyal annual support is the critical element in sustaining the artistic quality of the festival, enabling it to thrive for over three decades.

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Corporate & Media Sponsorships

Generous support from our sponsors, along with generous individual supporters, enables the festival to present diverse artistic programming and continue to grow each year. We wish to thank the corporate and media sponsors that proudly support An Appalachian Summer Festival!

2019 Corporate Sponsors



2019 Media Sponsors




Hotel & Restaurant Sponsors

(Details can be found on our visit page.)

Hotels

Westglow Resort & Spa

Chetola Resort & The Bob Timberlake Inn

Holiday Inn Express

Courtyard by Marriott

Restaurants

The Local

Lost Province Brewing Co.

Makoto's Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Pepper's Restaurant

Red Onion

Rowland's Restaurant at Westglow Resort & Spa

Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola Resort

Boone Saloon

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are good business.

Corporate sponsorships are good business.  As a sponsor of An Appalachian Summer Festival, your company will realize tangible marketing benefits in return for your sponsorship investment, while supporting one of the premier arts programs in the Southeastern U.S. and positioning your company as a partner with one of the region’s most highly attended public events. Sponsorship opportunities begin at the $5,000 level, with benefits accruing as the level of sponsorship increases. Regardless of the sponsorship level you select, the festival’s staff will be pleased to work with you in creating an integrated sponsorship program designed to meet your company’s unique marketing objectives.

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High Visibility. Promotion. Hospitality.

Our highly diverse audience of 27,000 makes us the ideal partner in reaching specific target markets. Among the benefits available to corporate sponsors include:

  • Special Events (receptions, dinners, company nights)
  • Free tickets and/or discount vouchers for employees and VIPs
  • Recognition via festival publications, advertising and media coverage
  • High visibility among the festival audience, including on-stage recognition
  • Other benefits specifically tailored to our sponsors’ needs

We’re Prosperous, Dynamic and Growing…

In recent years, the festival has experienced growth in every aspect of its operations, including ticket sales, attendance, corporate sponsorships and individual giving.

Ideal Demographics.

As with most arts patrons, festival audiences comprise an important demographic profile: our typical audience member is age 45+, upper middle income, and well educated. Festival audiences are informed consumers, who support businesses that are committed to the arts in their communities.

A Track Record in the Corporate Community.

In polls conducted by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, a festival sponsor for the past ten years, 97-100% of its customers surveyed have voiced support for the company’s continued sponsorship of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Sponsorship Levels:

Detailed below are specific benefits associated with each of the corporate sponsorship levels offered by An Appalachian Summer Festival.

I. Festival Underwriter

$5,000 level: General support of festival performances

Benefits:

  • Free half-page ad in Festival Playbill (distributed to audience at all performances);
  • Inclusion of logo in Season Brochure;
  • Six tickets to events of the sponsor’s choosing;
  • VIP parking benefits during festival;
  • Website recognition and link;
  • Recognition in Festival Playbill (on corporate sponsor page, and in “festival supporters” listing)
  • Recognition on lobby wall during the festival season
  • Inclusion in a "thank you ad" placed in High Country newspapers at the conclusion of festival season;
  • Invitation to the festival’s annual Patrons’ Reception
  • Invitation to other university VIP events

II. Single Event Sponsor

$10,000 level: Sponsorship of a large-venue festival performance at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts (or a special event in another venue)

Benefits:

  • On-stage recognition, prior to the sponsored performance;
  • Lobby display on the evening of sponsored festival performance;
  • Inclusion of corporate logo in section of the Festival Playbill, Season Brochure, festival poster, and festival website pertaining to sponsored performance;
  • Print, radio and TV advertising credits;
  • Press interviews (local and regional radio; MTN);
  • Credit line in all press releases pertaining to sponsored performance;
  • Free half-page ad in Festival Playbill (distributed to audience at all performances throughout festival season);
  • 20 free tickets to sponsored performance;
  • Recognition on lobby wall during the festival season
  • VIP parking benefits during the course of the festival;
  • Invitation to annual Patrons’ Reception
  • Invitation to other university VIP events

III. Performance Series Sponsor

$20,000 - $49,000 level (depending on artists and series selected)

Sponsorship of selected performances, as part of a series

Benefits:

  • On-stage recognition, prior to each sponsored performance in the series;
  • Prominent recognition as a performance series sponsor, via lobby signage throughout the course of the festival season;
  • Prominent visibility via lobby display acknowledging performance series sponsors;
  • Ticket benefits, to be determined based on the needs and interests of each sponsor, as well as ticket availability;
  • Artist “Meet and Greet” benefits, based on the interests of the sponsor and the availability of selected artists;
  • VIP parking benefits during the course of the festival;
  • Employee discounts for tickets to sponsored performances;
  • Inclusion of corporate logo in section of the festival playbill, brochure, poster, and website pertaining to sponsored performances;
  • Print, radio and TV advertising credits;
  • Free full-page ad in Festival Playbill (distributed to audience at all performances);
  • Credit line in all press releases pertaining to sponsored performances;
  • Press interviews (local and regional radio, TV, newspapers)
  • Website links;
  • Recognition on lobby wall during the festival season
  • Inclusion in a "thank you ad" placed in High Country newspapers at the conclusion of festival season;
  • Invitation to annual Patrons’ Reception
  • Invitation to other university VIP events

IV. Lead Sponsor

$50,000+ (depending on artists and series selected);

Sponsorship of selected performances, as part of a series

Benefits:

  • ALL of the benefits outlined above (under “Performance Series Sponsorship” benefits) PLUS status as an overall sponsor of the entire festival;
  • “Naming opportunity” for corporate recognition in connection with a festival performance series;
  • Special reception or other event targeting a guest list of the sponsor's choosing;
  • Private dinner party with the Chancellor and selected guests.
  • Additional customized benefits geared to the specific interests of the sponsor.

For more information on how your company can become involved with An Appalachian Summer Festival, please contact:

Denise Ringler, Director, ASU Office of Arts and Cultural Programs
828.262.6084, ext. 103; weissbergdr@appstate.edu



Become a Supporter!

Artistic excellence, accessibility, and audience engagement make An Appalachian Summer Festival unique. Because the festival is committed to affordable ticket prices, revenues from ticket sales cover only about 43% of its annual costs. Private support from festival donors must fill the gap in order to ensure a continued commitment both quality programming and affordable ticket pricing.

Online Giving Form

Donor Packet

Your 2019 gift may be received anytime through September 30, 2019. To be recognized in the 2019 festival playbill, we must receive your gift or pledge by May 15, 2019.

2019 Donor Levels & Benefits

Chancellor's Circle ($10,000 and up)

  • Artist “Meet-and-Greet” opportunity
  • Access to Schaefer Center lobby for pre-concert or intermission reception
  • Recognition on Schaefer Center donor wall throughout the festival season
  • Reserved, numbered VIP parking space
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

Artists' Circle ($6,000-$9,999)

  • Named performance or guest artist chair (with recognition in festival playbill)
  • Opportunity for autographed performance program or headshot
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

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Bravo! Circle ($3,000-$5,999)

  • Two tickets to all on-campus festival events*
  • Access to festival VIP events; including Chancellor’s Reception
  • Concierge service (seating consultation) with Sarah Heustess, Director of Sales and Patron Relations
  • VIP parking privileges
  • VIP seating at Holmes Center events
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

Benefactors' Circle ($1,200-$2,999)

  • Two tickets to a chamber music performance*
  • Donors at the $2,500 level and greater are eligible to receive the Chancellor’s Society Parking Pass (on-campus parking privileges)
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

Patron ($600-$1,199)

  • Invitation to champagne reception for donors, during festival season
  • Festival tote bag
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

Contributor ($300-$599)

  • Opportunity for private backstage tour (upon request)
  • Festival lapel pin
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

Friend ($125-$299)

  • Email notification regarding upcoming events
  • Festival decal
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below

Member (Up to $124)

  • Recognition in annual festival playbill (for gifts made before May 15, 2018)
  • Advance mailing of festival brochure

*Ticket premium may apply

Consider an Endowment Gift

Providing long-term financial security for the festival means creating a strong endowment. We need festival patrons to step forward by making a current gift, or a planned gift, to ensure the continuation of programming our audience values. Gifts may be specifically targeted to the area of programming you wish to support, and can also carry the name of the donor(s), or be designated in honor of or in memory of a friend or family member. To learn more about endowment opportunities, please call Denise Ringler at 828-262-6084, ext. 103.

2018 Festival Supporters

An Appalachian Summer Festival deeply appreciates the support of its contributors. This list reflects contributions and pledges made solely to An Appalachian Summer Festival Annual Campaign from October 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Please note that this list does not include gifts to other areas within Appalachian State University.

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Premier Sponsors ($100,000 and above)

  • Dr. Bonnie Schaefer/Westglow Resort and Spa & Rowland's Restaurant
  • The Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programming

Lead Sponsors ($50,000 and above)

  • Larry & Barbara Freiman
  • Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.

Festival Sponsors ($25,000 and above)

  • Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson & David Rosen/ Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation
  • The Muriel and Arnold Rosen Endowment for the Arts
  • Helene & Stephen Weicholz

Chancellor's Circle ($10,000 to $24,999)

  • Boone Area Visitors Bureau
  • Wendy & Mike Brenner
  • Circle S Foundation/Keith & Letty Stoneman
  • Goodnight Brothers Produce Company
  • Ralph S. Grier
  • Mast General Store/John & Faye Cooper (in memory of Nanette Mayer & Grady Moretz)
  • McDonald's of Boone/Venda & Ralph Lerch
  • Neil & Nancy Schaffel (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Tina & Gary Silverstein
  • SkyBest Communications, Inc.

Artist's Circle ($6,000 to $9,999)

  • Chetola Resort/ Kent & Shelley Tarbutton
  • Creekside Electronics, Inc.
  • Peter & Joni Petschauer (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Mark & Nancy Tafeen

Bravo! Circle ($3,000 to $5,999)

  • Judy & Michael Adler
  • Appalachian Home Care/Ellen Harrell
  • The Alfred B. & Josette L. Glover Family Foundation
  • Joan & Albert Benbasat (in memory of Esta Perlow & Vivian Kravitz)
  • Natalie & Penn Broyhill
  • Sue & Steve Chase (in memory of Nanette & Budd Mayer)
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Lynn & Barry Eisenberg (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Merle & Louis Feinberg
  • Adrienne Finkel
  • Nick & Mary Friedman
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Sandy & Marc Kadyk
  • Morris & Kathleen Lioz
  • Anne C. & Myron B. Liptzin
  • Mike & Pam McKay/The Art Cellar Gallery
  • Roger & Helen Michelson
  • Daniel W. & Harlene E. Mitchum
  • Panoramic Hospitality
  • Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants
  • Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore
  • Sandi Finci Solomon

Benefactor's Circle ($1,200 to $2,999)

  • Appalachian State University Athletics
  • Frank & Kay Borkowski (in memory of Grady Moretz)
  • The Bruce J. Heim Foundation
  • Susan & Harvey Durham (in memory of Joe Phelps)
  • Ralph Glaser, Jr. & John A. Pfeifer
  • Susie Greene (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Jerry & Rebecca Hutchins
  • Dr. and Mrs. Berge H. Markarian
  • Jenny & Wayne Miller
  • Edith S. Peiser
  • Bill Pelto & Linda Larson
  • R. Y. & Eileen L. Sharpe Foundation
  • Edmund & Louise Reiss
  • Minnie & Bob Snead
  • Kenneth & Gerry Wilcox

Patrons ($600 to $1,199)

  • Ira & Brenda Abrams
  • Dr. Charlie & Ann Baker
  • Judith & Robert Beber
  • Dick & Margaret Beckman
  • Jonathan & Marisue Beloff
  • Hanes & Lida Boren
  • Howard & Kathryne Brafman
  • Pal & Nakita Brooks
  • Lisa Cooper
  • Randy & Margaret Edwards
  • Judith Feinberg & Sonny Harris
  • Megan Hayes & Michael Kitchell (in honor of Kaaren & Lowell Hayes and in memory of Dot Barber)
  • Molle Grad
  • Sarah & Troy Heustess (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Linda & Ed Kelly
  • Barbara & Mark Moskowitz
  • Larry & Nanci Tolbert Nance (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Carol Quintero & Laurie Weiner
  • Russell & Sally Robinson
  • Sam Tallman & Mike Zuravel
  • Julie & Tom Trueman
  • Tweetsie Railroad/Chris & Cathy Robbins
  • Mary Underwood & Ben Henderson

Contributors ($300 to $599)

  • Anonymous
  • Katy & Mickey Boles (in honor of Lynn Eisenberg)
  • Stephanie Poet Cohen (in memory of Jim & Dolly Poet)
  • Dottie & Barry Cook
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Darrow
  • Byrdie Rae Denison (in memory of Edward L. Denison)
  • Adrienne Finkel (in honor of Dr. John Pfeifer)
  • Tracey & Paul Ford
  • Hank Foreman & John Baynor
  • Gaugert Financial, Inc. (in honor of Anna Gaugert)
  • Sali Gill-Johnson (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Mona Holtz
  • Russell & Christine James
  • Millie King (in honor of Shannon McManus & Stephanie Joines)
  • Renée & David Lieberman
  • Mr. & Mrs. James Long
  • Bruce & Susan Pettyjohn (in memory of Nanette & Budd Mayer)
  • Priscilla Rich
  • Denise & William Ringler (in memory of Nanette Mayer & Grady Moretz)
  • Traci D. Royster (in memory of Nanette Mayer)
  • Drs. Bernard & Michaela Segall
  • Dr. Morris & Margery Segall
  • Marilyn C. Smith
  • Steven & Darlene Wagner
  • Janet H. Wilson

Friends ($125 to $299)

  • Connie Adams
  • Anonymous
  • Ellis & Barbara Aycock
  • Rao Aluri & Mary Reichel
  • Bill Barbour
  • Kate R. Barrett
  • Carol Berns & Ted Silver
  • Marian & Bernie Bernstein
  • John & Bettie Bond
  • Craig & Rose Bridgeman (in memory of Grady Moretz)
  • Christy & Brad Chenausky
  • Dee Dundon
  • Nelson & Rhonda Faro
  • Melinda Fudge
  • Anna Gaugert
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dan Glowa (in memory of David Glowa & Ben Bradley)
  • Dr. Louis N. Gottlieb
  • Gerald & Sydney Gura
  • Karen & Clark Havighurst (in honor of Michael & Annie Liptzin)
  • Scott & Kathleen Haynes
  • Laura & Kenny Kaufman
  • John & Janice LaCapra
  • Jane & Grady Lonon
  • Leslie & Richard Mayeron
  • Gregg & Bonnie Marland
  • Conor McKenzie
  • Susan B. Morgan
  • Carmen & Patty Patella
  • Mike & Sandra Perry
  • Bob & Karen Powell (in memory of Jack Branch)
  • Tish & Tom Rokoske (in memory of Michael Trum)
  • Barbara & Ed Rosasco
  • Mary Rupp (in memory of Richard “Dick” Rupp)
  • Patrick K. Setzer
  • Joanie & Robert Shirley
  • Bernice Snow
  • Barbara Sugerman (in memory of Barry Sugerman)
  • University Overlook & Office Suites
  • Claudia Van Essen
  • Cyn D. & John Weaver
  • Chuck & Lynne Weiss (in honor of Dr. John Pfeifer)
  • Mary & Dale Whisenant

Members (up to $124)

  • Julia R. Adams (in memory of Gerald Adams)
  • Elizabeth H. Armistead
  • Irene J. Baros (in honor of Dr. Berge Markarian)
  • Francine Barr (in memory of Harriet Prochaska)
  • Michael & Joan Bell
  • Larry & Carol Brown
  • Dr. and Mrs. Harold Carrin
  • Elaine & Jim Crowell
  • Barbara W. Daye
  • Ms. Billy Elliott (in memory of Michael S. Elliott)
  • Bette Joy Field (in honor of Dr. Berge Markarian)
  • Sandra Folts
  • Gene G. Foster
  • Susan Graham (in memory of Dot Barber)
  • Jeff Handler
  • Marylin T. Holzberg (in honor of Dr. Berge Markarian)
  • Rosemary Horowitz & Jerry Hyman
  • Robin Hunt & Kenneth Steele
  • Susan Lutz
  • Bonnie Marmor & Steven Goldstein
  • Patricia Mauldin
  • Susan & Doug Morton
  • Beth Mueller (in memory of Barbara Quatrano)
  • Joanne Puliatti
  • Kathryn S. Rominger
  • George & Kim Saad
  • Drs. Bernard & Michaela Segall (in honor of Louis & Merle Feinberg)
  • Marilyn Seward
  • Jim & Sandy Sheatsley
  • Helen Sirett & Ken Hendrix
  • Charlotte & Jimmy Thomas
  • Ineke Thomas
  • Carol & Hank Thompson
  • Deb Tibbett
  • Wright & Tracy Tilley (in memory of Grady Moretz)
  • Daisy Goodnight Waldrep
  • Bob & Maggie Wilson

Current Endowment Support

The following endowments have been established in support of An Appalachian Summer Festival and other cultural programs at Appalachian State University. Each of these endowments generates significant income each year, which supports the festival's annual operations or donor-designated programs. We acknowledge with deep gratitude the individuals and organizations listed below for establishing these legacies of vision and generosity.

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The Muriel and Arnold Rosen Endowment for the Arts

  • Arnold and Muriel Rosen

The Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programming

The Martin and Doris Rosen Foundation Endowment

  • Martin and Doris Rosen

The Bob and Lillian Turchin Endowment for the Arts

  • Bob and Lillian Turchin

An Appalachian Summer Festival Outreach Endowment

  • Mrs. Roberta R. Balfe
  • Kathleen Price Bryan Family Fund
  • Gamma Beta Phi Society
  • Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gortner
  • Mrs. Florence Hecht
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heilman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Norris Hodgkins
  • Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peacock
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Robinette
  • Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rosen

An Appalachian Summer Festival Unrestricted Endowment

  • John and Faye Cooper

The Satie Hunt Broyhill Endowment for the Performing Arts

  • The Broyhill Family Foundation

The Halpert Endowment for the Visual Arts

  • Sol and Charlotte Halpert

The Mast Store Heritage Endowment for An Appalachian Summer Festival

  • John and Faye Cooper

The Friedman Family Endowment for An Appalachian Summer Festival

  • Ingrid, Mary, Max, and Nick Friedman