Donor Recognition Program
With sincere gratitude, we are pleased to recognize individuals who provide generous support with the following benefits:
- Subscription to Beck Center newsletter
All Cameo Role level benefits, plus:
- Listing in Theater Playbill and Online
All Supporting Player level benefits, plus:
- Advance notice of the theater season
All Director’s Circle benefits, plus:
- Invitation to special event hosted by Beck Center president
All President’s Circle benefits, plus:
- Invitation to annual dinner hosted by Beck Center chair
All Chairman’s Circle benefits, plus:
- Two complimentary tickets to any play in the season
These individuals have made a commitment to supporting the arts.View Donor List
Patrick, who grew up in Cleveland Heights, first discovered the Beck Center when he attended performances. Twelve years ago, Patrick decided to audition for the Beck’s production of You Can’t Take It with You. Not only did he win a part, he won a heart! Patrick met his future wife Diana D’Alessandro, who was stage managing the show.
Patrick moved to the west side with his new wife and continued to act at the Beck Center. Patrick, who was at the time in the insurance and financial planning business, decided to change careers and earned his license in massage therapy.
In April 2009, Patrick received the Beck Center’s appeal for financial support from the community. Although he wasn’t wealthy, he knew he had a talent he could share and leverage to the Beck’s benefit. Patrick thought, “People like massages,” and he was right. For one week, he donated all massage proceeds, including gratuities, to the Beck Center. That first fundraiser raised $850. Energized but his success, Patrick decided to make it a yearly campaign. In 2010, he donated $350, and just this February, Patrick raised enough money to refurbish the seats in the Main Stage theater’s entire Row R…17 seats!
Patrick never thought of himself as a donor, but he has proven that every person can have a positive impact on the organization he or she loves. The Beck Center is a stronger organization thanks to donors like Patrick.
The Legacy Society
To help make a difference in the lives of future generations, consider remembering the Beck Center for the Arts in your will or estate. At any age, a bequest is simple to do and can be easily modified to address your changing needs.
The Legacy Society was created to celebrate and honor donors who have remembered the Beck Center with a bequest. If you have done so and have not yet been recognized as a member of the Legacy Society, or would like information about including the Beck Center, contact the Development Department at 216.521.2540 x18.
The behind-the-scenes drama and fast-paced action of “Strike Night” are some of Gerry Smith’s fondest memories from his decade-long arts education at Lakewood Little Theatre (LLT) that began in 1950.
Gerry, began attending classes at LLT, now Beck Center for the Arts, at the age of 8. From ages 12 to 16, he participated in strike nights – a flurry of activity that would involve quickly dismantling sets following the last performance of a show and then installing the new set for the upcoming production.
“We would watch the performance from the audience and (when the show ended) jump right in! The crew would not stop until the next set was finished, usually between 3 and 4 a.m.,” he said. “It was an incredible experience.”
Gerry is a supporter of Beck Center and is an esteemed member of the Legacy Society, which was established to celebrate donors who have remembered Beck Center in their estate plans. We are deeply grateful to generous Legacy Society members like Gerry for their forward-thinking vision and commitment to our mission.
“I feel responsible to share my story because of what LLT means to me and my family,” said Gerry, who said he is the grateful one. “I made lifelong friends. The value extends way beyond the theater training and development of my life-long appreciation for attending live theatrical performances from Broadway to far off Broadway.”
He feels privileged to have attended the Children’s School at LLT, where he participated in two-hour Saturday classes covering a wide range of theatrical subjects including stage direction, acting, speech exercises, make-up, set design and set construction along with working with the lighting and sound effects. Each fall and spring semester, the children performed in one major play to showcase their budding talents.
“My first part in a major play was the role of Captain Cook, the lead penguin, in “Mr. Poppers Penguins”. My only line was the expression “gork” which was repeated numerous times during each act,” he said. Gerry also played the leading male role of loquacious Frank Gilbreth in “Cheaper By The Dozen” which required memorizing 300 lines of dialogue. He also appeared in two adult productions – “The Loud Red Patrick” in 1957, directed by Karl Mackey and the 1958 production of “The Desk Set”, directed by L. Bramer Carlson, who was the first paid Managing Director at Lakewood Little Theatre, before Mackey.
“The training and experience I gained from being a student and performer as well as working as a technical volunteer at Lakewood Little Theatre proved to be of substantial value for me throughout my business career,” he said. Although he didn’t pursue a career in the theater, Gerry became very successful in the sales, sales management and the marketing of consumer products as well as pharmaceuticals with several major companies.
“Sales work was as close to acting as I could get without going into a theater career,” he quipped. He said his theater experience helped him build self-confidence, leadership, and the ability to speak to an audience of any size. He also learned important lessons about responsibility, respect, loyalty, teamwork and thinking on his feet.
Make your contribution go further! Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Check with your company’s personnel department or payroll department to see if they have a matching gift program.
For more information, contact the Development Department at 216.521.2540 x18.
Beck Center Dream Makers
Looking for an especially unique gift to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary? Want to capture the special moments created every day at the Beck Center for your event? Become a Beck Center Dream Maker.
The Beck Center Dream Makers program gives individuals the opportunity to sponsor a Beck Center professional or youth theater production or program. In acknowledgment of your generous gift, Dream Makers will be recognized in the production’s playbill and with a framed photo in the lobby, which is presented to them after the run of the show. The Dream Makers also receive 12 tickets to bring their family and friends to the show. If you are planning a celebratory event for the Dream Makers, we will work with you to create recognition pieces to help make your event even more memorable!
With a gift to the Beck Center Dream Makers program, you’re not only honoring a loved one…you’re also helping others by supporting the Beck Center for the Arts! To find out more about this program, contact Jason Weiner at 216.521.2540 x18 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endowed and Named Funds
Endowed funds provide a permanent source of support for the Beck Center. An endowed fund can support a specific program or purpose and can be named to honor or remember a loved one. Unique opportunities exist at the Beck Center for endowed support, such as:
- The Lynda Sackett Endowment for Dance Education – a fund established to support the dance programs Lynda developed at the Beck Center
- The James Kurtz Memorial Endowment Fund – a fund established to support the dance education programs at the Beck Center
- Mary M. Ward Scholarship Fund – a fund established to support the youth theater education program
For more information, contact the Development Department at 216.521.2540 x18.