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.

Current Corporate Sponsors

Westglow Resort and Spa
mcdonalds logo
Wells Fargo Logo
mast general store
goodnight brothers logo
skybest communications logo
Boone, NC logo
creekside electronics logo
Peak Group Logo
University Bookstore logo
Courtyard by Marriott
Appalachian Home Care Logo
Peabody's Wine and Beer Logo
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock
PNC Bank logo
Holiday Inn Express Boone

Media Sponsors

our state magazine
WDAV logo
wfdd logo
WBTV logo
watauga democrat logo
wnc magazine logo
wasu radio logo
UNC TV logo
mountain times logo
whky talk radio logo
greensboro news and record logo
Creative Loafing
winston-salem journal
spectrum news logo
oldies 100.7 logo
yes weekly
wcyb nbc logo

SUPPORTERS

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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.

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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.

2020 Donor Levels & Benefits


 

Chancellor's Circle ($10,000 or more)
  • Artist “Meet-and-Greet” opportunity
  • Opportunity to host pre- or post-concert reception in Schaefer Center
  • 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)
  • Gold VIP stainless steel wine tumbler (with free refills during all Schaefer Center performances throughout 2020 season)
  • Opportunity for autographed performance program or headshot
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below (*excluding silver stainless steel wine tumbler)
Bravo! Circle ($3,000-$5,999)
  • Two tickets to all festival performances* (upon request, excluding catered events)
  • Silver VIP stainless steel wine tumbler (with discounted refills during all Schaefer Center performances throughout 2020 season)
  • VIP parking privileges
  • VIP seating at Holmes Center events
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below
Benefactors' Circle ($1,200-$2,999)
  • Donors at the $2,500 level and greater are eligible to receive the Chancellor’s Society Parking Pass (on-campus parking privileges)
  • Two tickets to a performance by the Eastern Festival Orchestra* (upon request)
  • Concierge service (seating consultation) with Sarah Heustess, Director of Sales and Patron Relations
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below
Patron ($600-$1,199)
  • Invitation (for two) to annual VIP Patrons Reception
  • Two tickets to a film as part of the Weicholz Global Film Series* (upon request)
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below
Contributor ($300-$599)
  • Exclusive 2020 Festival Decal
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below
Friend ($125-$299)
  • Email notification regarding upcoming events (include email address and opt-in on enclosed donation form)
  • Plus all benefits described in categories below
Member (Up to $124)
  • Recognition in annual festival playbill (for gifts made before May 15, 2020)
  • Advance email announcement of festival season

*Ticket premium may apply

Thank you to our generous 2020 donors

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, 2019 through May 31, 2020. Please note that this list does not include gifts to other areas within Appalachian State University.

Premier Sponsors ($100,000 and above)

  • Bonnie & Jamie 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
  • The Budd and Nanette Mayer Family Foundation, Inc.

Festival Sponsors ($25,000 and above)

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

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

  • Boone Area Visitors Bureau
  • Wendy & Mike Brenner
  • Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Goodnight Brothers Produce Company
  • Ralph S. Grier
  • Mast General Store/John & Faye Cooper
  • McDonald’s of Boone/Venda & Ralph Lerch
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Christine Petti (in memory of Dr. A. F. Petti)
  • Neil & Nancy Schaffel
  • Tina & Gary Silverstein
  • SkyBest Communications, Inc.
  • Letty & Keith Stoneman/Circle S Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Artist’s Circle ($6,000 to $9,999)

  • Chetola Resort/Kent & Shelley Tarbutton
  • Creekside Electronics, Inc.
  • Myron B. & Anne C. Liptzin
  • Peter & Joni Petschauer
  • Mark & Nancy Tafeen

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

  • Judy & Michael Adler
  • The Alfred B. and Josette L. Glover Family Foundation
  • Appalachian Home Care/Ellen Harrell
  • Joan & Albert Benbasat (in memory of Esta Perlow)
  • Natalie & Penn Broyhill (in memory of Jere Dabbs)
  • Sue & Steve Chase
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Lynn & Barry Eisenberg
  • Merle & Louis Feinberg
  • Adrienne Finkel
  • Mary & Nick Friedman
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Sandy & Marc Kadyk
  • Morris & Kathleen Lioz
  • Mike & Pam McKay/The Art Cellar Gallery
  • Roger & Helen Michelson
  • Daniel W. & Harlene E. Mitchum
  • PNC Bank
  • Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants
  • Peak Insurance Group
  • CDR Gerarda Persad & CW3 John Persad
  • R. Y. & Eileen L. Sharpe Foundation
  • Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore
  • Sandi Finci Solomon

 

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

  • ACBC Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
  • Frank & Kay Borkowski
  • The Bruce J. Heim Foundation
  • Susan & Harvey Durham
  • Ralph Glaser, Jr. & John A. Pfeifer
  • Susie Greene
  • Jerry & Rebecca Hutchins*
  • Jenny & Wayne Miller
  • Edith S. Peiser
  • Bill Pelto & Linda Larson
  • Edmund & Louise Reiss
  • Sally & Russell Robinson
  • Alex Sink
  • Minnie & Bob Snead
  • Kenneth & Gerry Wilcox

Patrons ($600 to $1,199)

  • Ira & Brenda Abrams
  • Jonathan & Marisue Beloff
  • Katy & Mickey Boles (in honor of Lynn Eisenberg)
  • Wayne & Teri Bonomo
  • Hanes & Lida Boren
  • Dottie & Barry Cook
  • Lisa Cooper & Russ Curtis
  • Drs. James and Kathryn Douthit
  • Randy & Margaret Edwards
  • Judie Feinberg & Sonny Harris
  • Molle Grad (in memory of Ed Grad)
  • Megan Hayes & Michael Kitchell (in honor of Kaaren & Lowell Hayes, and the matriarchs of AppSummer)
  • Sarah & Troy Heustess
  • Linda & Ed Kelly
  • Barbara & Mark Moskowitz
  • Larry & Nanci Tolbert Nance*
  • Carol Quintero & Laurie Weiner
  • Traci Royster (in honor of Denise Ringler & Sarah Heustess)*
  • Dr. & Mrs. Morris F. Segall
  • Sam Tallman & Mike Zuravel
  • Julie & Tom Trueman
  • Mary Underwood & Ben Henderson*
  • Steven & Darlene Wagner
  • Todd Wright

Contributors ($300 to $599)

  • Connie Adams
  • Byron E. Bean (in honor of Bonnie Bean)
  • Howard & Kathryne Brafman
  • Dr. Craig & Rose Bridgeman
  • Stephanie Poet Cohen (in memory of Jim & Dolly Poet)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Darrow
  • Tracey & Paul Ford
  • Hank Foreman & John Baynor
  • Marie Furches
  • Dan Gaugert & Terry Harper (in honor of Anna Gaugert)
  • Sali Gill-Johnson
  • Russell & Christine James
  • Renée & David Lieberman
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Long
  • Dr. Berge & Meliné Markarian
  • Denise & William Ringler
  • Drs. Bernard & Michaela Segall
  • Marilyn Smith
  • Janet H. Wilson

 

Friends ($125 to $299)

  • Ellis & Barbara Aycock
  • Bill Barbour*
  • Kate R. Barrett
  • Carol Berns & Ted Silver
  • Blowing Rock Yacht Club
  • John & Bettie Bond
  • James & Margaret Bragg
  • Larry & Carol Brown*
  • Lorraine Childers
  • Christine S. Davé*
  • Barbara W. Daye*
  • Byrdie Rae Denison (in memory of Edward L. Denison)
  • Anna Gaugert
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dan Glowa (in memory of David Glowa & Ben Bradley)*
  • Dr. Louis N. Gottlieb
  • Karen Gross*
  • Gerald & Sydney Gura
  • Laura & Kenny Kaufman
  • Jane & Grady Lonon
  • Gregg & Bonnie Marland
  • Leslie & Richard Mayeron
  • Lindsay Miller
  • Susan B. Morgan*
  • Doug & Susan Morton
  • Carmen & Patty Patella*
  • Mike & Sandra Perry*
  • Bob & Karen Powell (in memory of Jack Branch)
  • Marty Rice*
  • Tish & Tom Rokoske (in honor of Ralph Glaser & John Pfeifer)*
  • Barbara & Ed Rosasco
  • Patrick K. Setzer
  • Joanie & Robert Shirley*
  • Bernice Snow
  • Barbara Sugerman (in memory of Barry Sugerman)
  • Ineke Thomas*
  • Carol & Hank Thompson*
  • Claudia Van Essen
  • Cyn D. & John Weaver*
  • Chuck & Lynne Weiss (in honor of Dr. John Pfeifer)
  • Mary & Dale Whisenant
  • Steve & Deena Zaron

Members (up to $124)

  • Julia R. Adams (in memory of Gerald Adams)
  • Anonymous
  • Elizabeth H. Armistead*
  • Francine Barr (in memory of Patricia Weberman)*
  • Elizabeth Buchanan*
  • Paul & Susan Caudill*
  • Dr. & Mrs. Harold Carrin*
  • Elaine & Jim Crowell*
  • Duane & Ruth Daggett*
  • Sondra & Bernie Edwards*
  • Sandra Folts*
  • Susan Graham (in memory of Dot Barber)*
  • Jeff Handler
  • Rosemary Horowitz & Jerry Hyman
  • Barbara Hunsucker*
  • Robin Hunt & Kenneth Steele*
  • Lynda Lasseter*
  • Diana Latendresse*
  • Anita Laymon*
  • Patricia Mauldin
  • Howard Miller & Nancy Clark
  • Ray Moretz*
  • Beth Mueller
  • Mike & Kitty Rominger*
  • Marilyn Seward
  • Jim & Sandy Sheatsley
  • Helen Sirett & Ken Hendrix
  • Gerald Traudt*
  • Daisy Goodnight Waldrep
  • Marlene Walter (in memory of Muriel & Arnold Rosen)
  • Frederick & Donna Whitt (in memory of Grady Moretz)
  • Bob & Maggie Wilson

*Friends of An Appalachian Summer Festival

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.

 

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