DONORS Founders Fund & Art of the Matter

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The Founders Fund, is the general fund of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America which supports Founders Fund Grants, special initiatives, and visionary projects. Gifts designated for the Harris Fund, etc. are also included.

See separate DONOR lists for Teacher's Honor Roll/Robertson Award; Author's Legacy; and Patrons of the Corey Medallion Award.


The generosity of your gift, annual contribution, memorial, or honoring contribution to the Founders Fund, Harris Fund, and Robertson Fund underwrites the dreams of our TYA artists. Thank you!

2019-Current year Donors are listed below.
CTFA is also recognizing consecutive years of Donor Gifts on this page. SCROLL DOWN to view the 2015 through 2018 Donor Gifts received by CTFA in each calendar year.

(Art of the Matter was a special grant of the Founders Fund which raised significant donations for a special initiative. More information below…)

FOUNDERS FUND - Donors Gifts received calendar year 2019 Received as of 3/15/2019.
Thank You, Donors for supporting the work of CTFA in 2019

Legacy Endowment Gift: Ann Shaw Trust
$ 4,631.96

(Please consider including CTFA in your estate planning.)


Founder $1,000 to $5,000:

Awaiting Gifts

Director $500 to $999:

Awaiting Gifts

Creator $250 to $499:

Gloria Bond Clunie
Joe Robinette

Initiator $100 to $249:
William P. Ward & Walter Hill (In Memory of Ann Elgood)

William P. Ward & Walter Hill (In Honor of Susan D. Wood)
Katherine Krzys
Mina Casmir
Miriam Gonzales
Marilee Miller

Facilitator $50 to $99:
Anne Negri


Driving force $10 to $49:
Awaiting Gifts

FOUNDERS FUND - Donors Gifts received calendar year 2018 Received as of 12/31/2018
Thank You, Donors for supporting the work of CTFA in 2018

Legacy Endowment Gift:
$ No Gifts in 2018

(Please consider including CTFA in your estate planning.)


Founder $1,000 to $5,000:

No Gifts in 2018

Director $500 to $999:

Xan Johnson
Well-Spring Retirement Community (In Honor of Moses Goldberg)

Creator $250 to $499:

Jo Beth Gonzalez
Susan Wood
Jenny Millinger
Linda Hartzell
John Tolch

Initiator $100 to $249:
Amy Johnson (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Deborah Hunter (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Lisa Green (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Miri Kotche (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Katherine Newcome (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Lynn Ankney (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Mary Ann Olson (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Patricia Forker (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Mina Casmir
Miriam Gonzales
Suzan Zeder
Betsy Quinn
Roger Bedard
Lorenzo Garcia
Marilee Miller
Alexandra Lopez
Carol North & Nicholas Kryah (In Memory of Orlin Corey)
Carol North & Nicholas Kryah (In Honor of Dorothy Webb)
Rives Collins
Lynda Sharpe
Rick Davis (In Memory of Fred Gaines)
Ashley Hare (rec'd in 2019)
David Saar
Dorothy Webb
Virginia May

Facilitator $50 to $99:
Jennifer Eggener (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Jeffrey Matula (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Tamara Kowal (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Susan Leffin (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Eric Klossowski (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Deborah Miller (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Nan Sheppard (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Marc Iskowitz (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Jeffrey Krueger Elizabeth Tidmarsh (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Mary Lou Herman (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Mary J. Randle (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Patricia Reis (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Mary Hall Surface

Gary Minyard

Sandy Asher



Driving force $10 to $49:
Cara Sparks (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Jennifer Maves (In Memory of Gail Dippel),
Samantha Godden Chmielowicz (In Memory of Gail Dippel)
Dennis & Marlene Johnson (In Memory of Gail Dippel)

Joanna Kraus

John Newman

Shirley Ledford Moore (In Memory of Orlin Corey)
Shirley Ledford Moore (In Memory of Irene Corey)

FOUNDERS FUND - Donors Gifts received calendar year 2017 Received as of 12/31/2017
Thank You, Donors for supporting the work of CTFA in 2017

Legacy Endowment Gift:
$ No Gifts in 2017

(Please consider including CTFA in your estate planning.)


Founder $1,000 to $5,000:

No Gifts in 2017

Director $500 to $999:

Kathryn McManus & The Spotlight Kids Company of Madison, NJ
Gayle Sergel Brown
Moses Goldberg (Author’s Legacy)

Well-Spring Retirement Community (In Honor of Moses Goldberg)


Creator $250 to $499:

Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder
Suzan Zeder
Well Spring (In Honor of Moses Goldberg)
Jenny Millinger
Gloria Clunie,
Dorothy Webb (for Harris Fund)
John Tolch

Initiator $100 to $249:
Robyn Flatt
Miriam Gonzalez
Jose Casas
Marilee H Miller
Roger Bedard

Howard Johnson & Alexandra Lopez

Kat Matassarin (In Memory of Jed Davis & Orlin Corey)
Mina Casmir

Betsy Quinn

Jo Beth Gonzalez

Susan Wood

Michael Bobbitt,

Nancy Ball (In Memory of Anne Thurman)

Manon van de Water (In Honor of Roger Bedard)

Rosalie Contino

Elizabeth Peterson (In Memory of Leslie Fenstermaker)

Rives Collins,

Robert Colby (for 2018 Medallion Patron)

Lorenzo Garcia

Jose Casas

Virginia May (In Memory of Barbara Salisbury Wills)

Robyn Flatt (for 2018)

Facilitator $50 to $99:
Kat Matassarin (in Memory of Wally Smith)
Stacey Ardelean

Shirley Moore (In Honor of Orlin Corey; In Honor of Irene Lockridge Corey),

Carol North & Nicholas Kryah (In Honor of Roger Bedard)
Gary Minyard

Mark Lutwak & Y York,

Tom Behm
Nancy Ball


Driving force $10 to $49:
Joanna Kraus (In Honor of Roger Bedard)

Sandy Asher
Anne Negri

FOUNDERS FUND - Donors Gifts received calendar year 2016 Received as of 12/31/2016
Thank You, Donors for supporting the work of CTFA in 2016

Legacy Endowment Gift:
Ann Shaw
$ 30,034.49

(Please consider including CTFA in your estate planning.)


Founder $1,000 to $5,000:

No Gifts in 2016

Director $500 to $999:

Kat Matassarin (in Memory of Jed Davis & Orlin Corey)


Creator $250 to $499:

John Tolch

Susan Wood

Jenny Millinger
Dorothy Webb

Patricia DiBenedetto Snyder

Initiator $100 to $249:
Jeanne Klein (In Memory of Jed Davis)

Robyn Flatt

Marilee & Bob Miller

Susan Pearson

Jo Beth Gonzalez

Ashley Hare

Howard Johnson & Alexandra López

Susan Pearson (In Memory of Claude & Helen Pearson)

Reinette S. Stephenson (In Honor of Coleman A. & Lola Jennings)

Betsy Quinn

Rives Collins

Facilitator $50 to $99:
Aaron Routzahn
Marilee & Bob Miller (In Memory of Scot Copeland)

Mary Hall Surface

Mark & Y York Lutwok


Driving force $10 to $49:
Julie Trongeau

Marilee Miller (In Honor of Dave Lefevre/Dynamic New Media)

Aime Brockway

FOUNDERS FUND - Donors Gifts received calendar year 2015 Received as of 12/31/2015
Thank You, Donors for supporting the work of CTFA in 2015

Legacy Endowment Gift:
Jed Davis
$ 10,000.00

Ann Hill
$ 5,000.00

(Please consider including CTFA in your estate planning.)


Founder $1,000 to $5,000:

St. John's Prep School
Bill & Patricia Snyder - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Director $500 to $999:

Kat Matassarin
JE Masters - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Well-Spring Retirement Community - (Honoring Moses & Pat Goldberg)

Gayle Sergel - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Creator $250 to $499:

Joseph Robinette - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)
Jenny Millinger

Initiator $100 to $249:

Sawyer Hartman’s “Challenges for Charity” 

Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder


Dr. Jeanne Klein-(In Honor of Jed Davis)


Robyn Flatt


Nancy Ball-(In Memory of Anne Thurman)


Jo Beth Gonzalez


Kat Matassarin - (In Memory of Jed Davis, mentor)


Dorothy Webb - (In Memory of Jed Davis)


Roger Bedard - (In Memory of Jed Davis)


Marilee & Bob Miller - (In Memory of Orlin R. Corey)


Kat Matassarin - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Mina Halliday Casmir - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Dorothy Webb - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Susan Pearson - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Roger Bedard - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Robyn Flatt - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Nancy Ball - (In Memory of

Anne Thurman, the Mother of us all!)


Tom Behm - (In Memory of Jed Davis and Orlin Corey)


Elizabeth Peterson - (Honoring Chris Guyotte)


Rosalie Contino


John & Mary Doveton - (In Memory of Jed Davis)


Lorenzo Garcia


Robyn Flatt


Suzan Zeder


Rob Goodman


Robert Colby


Manon van de Water


Gina May - (In Memory of Barbara Salisbury Wills)


Rives Collins


Gayle Sergel

Facilitator $50 to $99:

Orlin Corey - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)
Kat Matassarin - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)

Robyn Flatt - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)

Marilee Miller - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)

Toni Molloy-Tudor - (In Memory of Jed Davis)
Robyn Flatt - (In Memory of Jed Davis)
Moses Goldberg - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Carol Lotspeich - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Lynda Sharpe - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Austin Cooper - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Jean Wilhelm

Sandy Asher - (Honoring Annie & David Montgomery)

Tom Behm - (In Memory of Nat Eek)

Gary Minyard


Driving force $10 to $49:

Dustin Gragg
Mark Lutwak

Scott Mason

Edward Morris

Hazel Nitcher - (In Memory of Jed Davis)

Jeff Sachs - (In Memory of Jed H. Davis)

John Peter & Catharine Koellen - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

R.William & Janice Tusten - (In Memory of Jed H. Davis)

Amie Brockway

Getting to the Art of the Matter Special Initiative The ART OF THE MATTER is made possible through the generous contributions to the ART OF THE MATTER campaign and the Founders Fund of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. These are the leaders who supported ART OF THE MATTER. (Campaign completed 12/31/2013 List updated12/31/2014
READ MORE about WASHETERIA! below.)


Leading Player ($2,500+)

Coleman A. Jennings


Featured Player ($1,000+)

Nat Eek, Ruth Heinig, Jean Schultz, Gayle Sergel, Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder, Dorothy Webb


Star ($500+)

Orlin Corey, Kat Matassarin, Marilee Hebert Miller, Ann Marie Shaw

Player ($250+)

Mina G. Halliday Casmir,
Moses Goldberg, H.T. Hambrick, Susan Pearson, Jerry Profitt, Elizabeth Quinn, Joseph Robinette, David Saar, Suzan Zeder

Initiator $100 to $249:

Sawyer Hartman’s “Challenges for Charity” 

Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder


Dr. Jeanne Klein-(In Honor of Jed Davis)


Robyn Flatt


Nancy Ball-(In Memory of Anne Thurman)


Jo Beth Gonzalez


Kat Matassarin - (In Memory of Jed Davis, mentor)


Dorothy Webb - (In Memory of Jed Davis)


Roger Bedard - (In Memory of Jed Davis)


Marilee & Bob Miller - (In Memory of Orlin R. Corey)


Kat Matassarin - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Mina Halliday Casmir - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Dorothy Webb - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Susan Pearson - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Roger Bedard - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Robyn Flatt - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)


Nancy Ball - (In Memory of

Anne Thurman, the Mother of us all!)


Tom Behm - (In Memory of Jed Davis and Orlin Corey)


Elizabeth Peterson - (Honoring Chris Guyotte)


Rosalie Contino


John & Mary Doveton - (In Memory of Jed Davis)


Lorenzo Garcia


Robyn Flatt


Suzan Zeder


Rob Goodman


Robert Colby


Manon van de Water


Gina May - (In Memory of Barbara Salisbury Wills)


Rives Collins


Gayle Sergel

Facilitator $50 to $99:

Orlin Corey - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)
Kat Matassarin - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)

Robyn Flatt - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)

Marilee Miller - (In Memory of Edgar Webb)

Toni Molloy-Tudor - (In Memory of Jed Davis)
Robyn Flatt - (In Memory of Jed Davis)
Moses Goldberg - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Carol Lotspeich - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Lynda Sharpe - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Austin Cooper - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

Jean Wilhelm

Sandy Asher - (Honoring Annie & David Montgomery)

Tom Behm - (In Memory of Nat Eek)

Gary Minyard


Driving force $10 to $49:

Dustin Gragg
Mark Lutwak

Scott Mason

Edward Morris

Hazel Nitcher - (In Memory of Jed Davis)

Jeff Sachs - (In Memory of Jed H. Davis)

John Peter & Catharine Koellen - (In Memory of Orlin Corey)

R.William & Janice Tusten - (In Memory of Jed H. Davis)

Amie Brockway

WASHETERIA! (CTFA's Art of the Matter grant recipient)
SOHO REP (Soho Repertory Theatre, Inc.) a leading hub for innovative contemporary theatre and recipient of the 2006 OBIE Award for Sustained Artistic Excellence, joined with Brooklyn Arbor, a new public elementary school in Brooklyn with a creative, diverse student population and a magnet grant for Global and Ethical Studies.

Together they developed an episodic, site-specific, theatre experience for K-3rd graders and their families called WASHETERIA! The world of the laundromat, and the diverse community of people and objects it contains served as inspiration for the playwrights, designers, and choreographers who created a series of ever-evolving theatre pieces based on the length of a wash cycle (25 minutes).

WASHETERIA! was performed in a neighborhood storefront in 2015 and developed with the 200+ students, teachers, and parents of Brooklyn Arbor. See the
WASHETERIA! website