Grande Dames

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

The Grande Dames of the Hippodrome Theatre is a womens’ philanthropy group founded by Hippodrome Board Chair Betsy Styron. This group is set up to align with research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute on how women prefer to give. It meets the Six C’s of Women’s Giving, which are create, change, connect, commit, collaborate and celebrate.

 

Grande Dames attending The Elephant Man 2016

The inaugural group of Grande Dames celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Hippodrome Mainstage on April 20, 2016.

Women have always been at the heart of the Hippodrome’s artistic endeavors. In fact, the Hippodrome is one of only a handful of regional theatres in our country being run by women. As a female leader in our community, we would like to invite you to join us in a new women’s leadership circle by becoming part of the Hippodrome Grande Dames program.

The Hippodrome Grande Dames are unlike any other circle of women in Gainesville. Invitations to the Grand Dames program are being extended to women of leadership in our community. These are women who understand the value of uplifting the Hippodrome – our 44 year old cultural treasure – with their pledge of support.

You are involved our community because you care. Like other non-profit arts organizations, the Hipp cannot survive on ticket sales alone, and that the cultural grants we used to rely on are no longer a priority for lawmakers. Your Grand Dames membership makes it possible for the Hipp to continue to be a place of pride that Gainesville knows and loves!

Become a member of the Hippodrome family through your Grand Dames pledge of support!

The 2016 Grande Dames of the Hippodrome Theatre

Paige Beck

Elizabeth Bedell

Kimberly Bosshardt

Mary Ellen Burnett

Sheila Dickison

Polly Doughty

Doris Edwards

Sandra Fackler

Cherie Fine

Caren Gorenberg

Jan Jones

Linda Kallman

Leslie Klein

Lucinda Lavelli

Jacki Levine

Ginny Maurer

Jorgia McAfee

Linda McGurn

Sara Morsey

Esther Negrin

Nell Page

Emily Pritchett

Judith C. Russell

Midge Smith

Jan Snyder

Betsy Styron

Marilyn Tubb

Justine Vaughen

Marilyn Wall

Fulbia Westfall


Become a 2017 Grande Dame or gift a membership.
Grande Dames Membership Benefits

VIP tickets for you and a guest to attend the evening of Grand Dames at the Hippodrome on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for our production of Becky’s New Car.

Complimentary Season Tickets for you, plus 6 guest tickets to Hippodrome mainstage performances.
Pair of tickets donated in your name to a local charity
Inclusion in the Grande Dames group photo to be displayed in the Hippodrome Lobby.
Free admission to the Hippodrome’s play observership for our upcoming production of Hamlet.
Hippodrome Membership Card
Subscription to Donor Newsletter

For more information, contact Jessica Hurov, Managing Director.