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Thank You, Kathy Gerlich!
Meany Center was honored this year to receive a transformational gift from Katharyn Alvord Gerlich. An inspiring philanthropist, an accomplished artist herself, an arts lover and supporter, Kathy Gerlich is also one of Meany Center’s longest-attending patrons—she started coming to Meany as a child with her parents Nancy and Buster Alvord, a tradition that continues to this day. She had tickets to every single Meany performance this year. The Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Endowment for Artistic Excellence will help support commissioning, artist creative residencies and presenting world class artists on our stage for many years to come.
In recognition of Kathy’s long and generous support, the Meany Mainstage Theater will be renamed the Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater starting this fall. We hope that, in addition to honoring this remarkable woman, it will also serve as a role model for other female philanthropists to come who will walk into the Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater and think, maybe I can make a lasting difference for things I believe in someday.