Donors form the backbone of the Van Wezel Foundation. It is with their help and dedication that we continue to create magic and foster the imaginations of students throughout our region. Thank you to all those who impact our ability to continue delivering world-class arts integrated educational opportunities for the communities we serve.

Total Giving in Calendar Year 2020

 Donors listed represent philanthropic contributions of $3,000 and above made between January 2020 – December 2020

Chairman Circle

Ed and Susan Maier
Jim and Susan Travers



Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund

Amicus Foundation

James and Maryann Armour Family Foundation

Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

Gerald and Sondra Biller

Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.

The Seth Bonder Foundation

Jenne K. Britell

The Brunckhorst Family

Vernon and Liliana Chalfant

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Julie Harris

John and Rachel Payne Jakes

Ruth B. Kreindler, in loving memory of Lee S. Kreindler

Tom and Sherry Koski

Joan K. Lieberman

Martella Family Foundation

Jonathan and Michelle Mitchell, Edward D. and Anna Mitchell Family Foundation

Sara Roberts Foundation Inc.

Drayton and Kara Saunders

Ralph and Janice Shrader

Phil Steyaert

Bob White



Eve and Richard Biller

William and Carolyn Connors

Great Lakes Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Dennis P. Jesse

Michael Kneeland and Roxzene Hunter

Ruth B. Kreindler, in loving memory of Lee S. Kreindler

Carolyn J. Lowell Charitable Trust

Jackie and Glen Tilton

Steven and Marjolaine Townsend

Nanci and Christopher Weaver

Roger and Stephanie Williams


Ali and Gloria Bahaj

Gail Baird Foundation

Jeffrey and Beverly Berger

Gary Butler and Elizabeth Owen

Wes and Barbara Compton

Deborah and Casey Dean

Esther and Harlan Domber

Famiglio Family

Bob and Judie Gustafson

HBK CPAs and Consultants

Holmes Family Fund

Huisking Foundation

Clare and Daniel Murphy

Anand Pallegar

PNC Bank, National Association

Publix Super Markets Charities

Sam and Dona Scott

The Brain Wave Center

The New Amsterdam Charitable Foundation

Clare Villari and David Weinstein

Peter and Judith Wasserman

Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen

Susan & Charles Wilson


David and Myrna Band

Michael and Nancy Bartlett

Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation

Donald H. and Barbara K. Bernstein

Travis and Kathy Brown

Larry and Joan Castellani

Christopher and PattiAnn Curtin

Sandy and Bill Dietrich

Brian and Caroline Ellerson

Toby A. Etkin

Bill and Robin Fetsch

Ty and Liza Gardner

Steven and Barbara Garfinkle

Sherry and Mike Guthrie

Alan and Connie Herbert

Mark and Carol Hyman Fund

Gene and Kathy Jongsma

Donna and David Koffman

Ernie Kretzmer

Cathy Layton and Peter Russell

Ron Legere and Marcia Krajewski

David and Lori Liner

Manatee Community Foundation

Manatee County

John and Eilene Maupin

William and Elaine McClure

Mr. and Mrs. Dale B. Menard

Cheryl Mendelson and Kevin Jackson

Elizabeth Moore

Rick and Nancy Moskovitz

Karl and Ricky Newkirk

Peter and Joanne Powers

Dr. John M. O’Brien and Ashley Ridlon

Joyce and Victor Rendano

Rick and Jean Richardson

Rosenthal Roots Family Foundation

Tom and Jane Rudbeck

Paul and Sue Rudder

Lore and Jim Schaffner

Maureen and Edwin Schloss

Micki Sellman

Sue Sennott, in memory of Richard Sennott

Joyce Serrano

Bayne and Jeanie Stevenson

Jeff and Julianna Sturgis

John & Charlotte Suhler

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

Ronald and Geri Yonover Foundation



Ken and Peggy Abt

David and Suzanne Arch

Deborah G. Arnold

Shari and Stephen Ashman

Michael Belle

David and Mary Benfer

Don and Shari Black

Stephen Bloom and Judy Aleman

Daryl and Suzanne Brown

William and Ann Brownfield

Barbara Campo

The Cannistra Family

Joe Carlton

Joe and Kristy Cestero

David and Edith Chaifetz

James and Amy Chapman

David and Jennifer Chessler

Frank Child

Annie and Rob Cohen

Colette M. Crisp

Julie and Cary Curry

Lon and Leslee Deckard

David A. Decker

Phil and Julie Delaney

Thomas and Maryanne Delaney

Dennis and Dawn Doughty

Diane Taylor Foxman

Allie Freedman

Ty and Liza Gardner

Bradley and Mary Beth Goddard

Ralph and Cherie Gorenstein

Stephen and Jackie Griese

David and Margaret Grohne

Renee Hamad

Sasha Hausman and Nathan Pyatte

Suzanne Hudson-Smith and Faith M. Hall

Darrell and Lesley Huntley

Allison Imre

Deb Kabinoff

James Kirchschlager Family

Rick and Ruth Ann LaMore

Michele and Chuck Lannon

Jeanne & John Brown, Lonnie Laurenti, Brian & Diane Laurenti

Karen Athena and Steven James Lee

Jim and Pat Lehmann

Harry Leopold and Audrey Robbins

Melvy Erman Lewis in loving memory of Milford T. Lewis

Stu and Jill Lewis

Farhan and Umbreen Khalidi Majeed

Dr. Marguerite G. Malone & RAdm T. Logan Malone, Jr.

Shaun & Wendy Merriman

Francis & Barbara Misantone

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Moravitz

Joy Moravitz

Gloria Moss

Jill Mudge

William & Patricia Murgolo

David & Gwen Murphy

Sean & Melanie Natarajan

Greg & Holly Newman

David and Josie Nichols

Dick & Betty Nimtz

Jim & Martha O’Donnell

Mitchell & Lisa Olan

Sanford & Barbara Orkin

Fagl Oxman

Para Family Foundation

Charles Pearce

Tom and Pamela Reilly’s Do Something Meaningful Foundation

Paul & Jeannie Rogalski

William & Lynn Rosen

Martin & Beverly Rosenberg

Richard & Gail Rubin

Robert & Lynda Safron

Paulette Samowitz

Joel & Diane Schleicher

Tom & Debbie Shapiro

Ken & Lola Shelton

Jim & Barbara Shirley

Jim & Janet Stanard

Judy Stanford

Charlie & Dee Stottlemyer

Barry & Marcia Strauss

Lindsay and James Stuthers 

Martin & Antoinette Sullivan

Mike & Madelyn Tetmeyer

Elisabeth Waters

Amy Webber

Ernest P. Werlin

Williams Parker Attorneys at Law

John & Joan Wissing

James H. Wright