The pledge "will be the pace-setting gift of a $7 million capital campaign that will soon be launched to complete financing of the theatre just north of its present location."
The Countess de Hoernle's commitment was solidified this past month with her payment of more than half the pledge during her visit to the construction site.
The facility is expected to open in fall 2007.
Clive Cholerton, chair of Caldwell Theatre Company's board of trustees, will lead the campaign. Joining him on the campaign committee are Helen Ballerano and Randy James. The committee is in the process of formation.
The Countess, who refers to Caldwell Theatre Company as "The pride of Boca Raton," has been a long-time friend of the resident company. Caldwell Theatre Company will name the new facility The Count de Hoernle Theatre, in honor of the Countess' late husband Adolph. Michael Hall, one of Caldwell's founders and its artistic director for the past 32 years, said, "This campaign, energized by the magnificent gift of the Countess, will assure that Caldwell Theatre Company will remain an integral and powerful force in the artistic life of the community."
When completed in fall 2007, the new Caldwell Theatre Company will be the anchor of North Boca Village Center, a thriving mixed-use lifestyle development that includes housing, restaurants and shopping venues.
Caldwell's current show is Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, to be followed by James Goldman's The Lion in Winter and the musical Cowgirls.
For more information, visit www.caldwelltheatre.com.