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Or contact Diane at email@example.com or 413-644-9040 x123 to receive a reply envelope by mail, or to make your gift by phone.
The Mahaiwe is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Name a Seat
Adding the name of a loved one to the permanent history of the magnificent Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is a unique way to pay tribute to a family member, treasured friend, or even a beloved pet.
Permanently named seats, for a donation of $500 or more, are available in every section of the theater. An engraved brass plaque will be affixed to the arm of your chosen seat(s). Seat pledges can be paid in installments over time, and are 100% tax deductible.
“I am delighted to have named seats in this splendid theater, and hope that others join me to ensure the future of this wonderful cultural center. It is an invaluable addition to life here.” — Roberta Silman
For more information, contact Director of Advancement Diane Wortis at 413-644-9040 x123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Seat Stories from the Mahaiwe Community
In Honor of Jack & Judy Spencer
Ann Marie Miller (and husband Scott) and Kathy Erickson (and husband Fred) chose to honor their late father and mother, Jack and Judy Spencer, with a seat at the Mahaiwe. Jack and Judy were pillars in the Berkshires, moving mountains within the local school system and government. During their many years as public school educators, Jack and Judy encouraged students to live consciously and creatively for the better. In addition to their years of service in education, they were very active in the growth and maintenance of several local institutions. Judy lent her expertise to the Austen Riggs Center, Berkshire Garden Center, Lenox Library, and the Berkshire South Community Center, among others. Jack served on numerous committees and boards, including the Stockbridge Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, Stockbridge Library, and the Fund for Excellence and School Center, Inc. The Berkshire community is forever strengthened by their talents, efforts, and drive to create a better world.
Jim Bouton – With Love and Laughter
Jim Bouton’s family, including his wife, Paula Kurman, and children David, Lee, Hollis, and Michael, named a seat at the Mahaiwe in his memory. Jim is known by the greater community as the former New York Yankee pitcher with an eight-year career in the major leagues, an award-winning sportscaster, and the author of the bestselling sports book of all time, Ball Four, chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century. Jim wasn’t simply a professional ballplayer or a writer; he was an activist and an iconic figure of his time, whose archives are now part of the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. Within the Mahaiwe community, Jim was known as a warm and inviting presence who played a major role in the restoration of the Mahaiwe in 2005. Many who visited with Jim at Mahaiwe events commented on his willingness to discuss his storied life and career though never seeking to be the center of attention. Mahaiwe staff witnessed first-hand his dedication to the art of dance during the many years when he attended all dance events with Paula.
Jim’s family views his named seat as a natural extension of the family’s relationship with the Mahaiwe, as his seat will join the seat tribute for Laurie Bouton – one of the first seats to be named at the time of the Mahaiwe’s restoration in honor of Jim and Paula’s daughter, who passed away in 1997. Jim was an outstanding member of the Berkshire community and the Mahaiwe is honored to have him represented in our theater.
Current Seat Honorees
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Mahaiwe education programs offer world-class theatrical experiences to students from throughout the four-state region. It is an important component of the Mahaiwe’s mission to support the community by incorporating arts and humanities into education outreach. Fund education programming.
Our Community Engagement program is committed to establishing and growing partnerships with neighboring community and arts organizations to develop pathways for overcoming social and practical barriers so that immigrants, people of color, communities with low income, and others who have traditionally been underserved in the performing arts, can attend performances at the Mahaiwe. Recent partnerships include those with VIM (Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires), Clinton Church Restoration, and the Town of Great Barrington W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. Fund Community Engagement programs.
Follow these 4 steps to ensure successful and timely delivery of gifts of securities to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
1. Notify Director of Advancement, Diane Wortis, at 413-644-9040 x123 or 413- 884-2862 that a transaction will occur. If you are not able to reach someone in the Advancement Office, you may contact Director of Finance and Administration, Karin Watkins at 413-644-9040 x108
2. Deliver to:
Attn: TOA Receives
PO Box 770001
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0036
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Inc. EIN 57-1140453
Fidelity Act. Z40332153
Account Type: Corporation Investment
3. Advisors, please enter the donor’s name in the notes section of the transfer.
4. Written instructions are required if the gift is to be restricted.
Thank you for thinking of the Mahaiwe. Your gift helps bring audiences a diverse offering of year-round, high-quality performing arts on stage and screen, maintains the historic Mahaiwe theater, and strengthens community cohesion and local economic vitality.