Welcoming a $3 Million Gift, Pasadena Playhouse Surpasses Capital Campaign Goal

News   Welcoming a $3 Million Gift, Pasadena Playhouse Surpasses Capital Campaign Goal That angel known as Anonymous has given the Pasadena Playhouse a $3 million gift toward the California troupe's Next Stage Campaign, new board chair Michele Dedeaux Engemann and outgoing chair Kerry McCluggage announced Oct. 13.

The gift was revealed at the 11th Annual Gala that honored McCluggage.

The $3 million gift is the largest individual donation ever to come to Pasadena Playhouse. This gift completes the troupe's capital campaign and bumps its total to $11 million, surpassing the campaign's original goal of $8.5 million.

Over 80 percent of the $11 million Next Stage Campaign contributions came from individual donors, of which nearly $6 million is restricted to an endowment for various building maintenance, administration support, and scholarship and education funds.

"The successful completion of our Next Stage Campaign, along with the extraordinary and incredibly generous gift which pushed us sublimely beyond our original goal, represents a tremendous vote of confidence in where the Playhouse is at this point in its remarkable history," stated artistic director Sheldon Epps.

Next Stage campaign chair Gregory P. Stone stated, "This $3 million anonymous gift caps off the Next Stage Campaign and provides the vital support we need to care for the beautiful historic building that hosts the tremendous talent the Playhouse attracts and welcomes our wonderful audiences night after night. We set high goals for the campaign — the establishment of an endowment, the funding of renovations to the landmark building, and the creation and support for educational programs that touch the lives of thousands of youth — and we are proud to have achieved them."

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