Our Donors

Thankful for Our Donors

We extend our sincere appreciation to all donors and acknowledge the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their generous gifts made between October 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020 in support of the Merola Opera Program.

Donors

Chairman's Circle
$100,000 & above


FOUNDATIONS
Bettye Poetz Ferguson Foundation
Ann and Gordon Getty
Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation
Jack H. Lund Charitable Fund

 

 

$50,000 - $99,999


FOUNDATIONS
Hearst Foundation
 

 

$25,000 - $49,999


FOUNDATIONS
The Yvonne and Edgar Baker Fund
Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
 
CORPORATION
Dandelion Chocolate
 
GOVERNMENT
National Endowment for the Arts
 
INDIVIDUALS
Leslys Vedder, in memory of James Forrest Vedder

 

President's Circle

$15,000 - $24,999


INDIVIDUALS
Sallie Arens, in memory of Cameron Waterman III
Nordin and Donna Blacker
Mrs. Alfred Wilsey
Mr. John Lee
Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Bob and Terri Ryan

 

Diamond Circle

$10,000 - $14,999


FOUNDATION
The Henry W. and Nettie Robinson Foundation
Sack Family Fund
Steve and Diane Heiman, the Ululani Foundation

 

INDIVIDUALS
Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Mr. John Lee

 

Platinum Circle

$5,000 - $9,999


FOUNDATIONS
Bob Ross Foundation
Five Arts Foundation
Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club
Kia Ora Foundation
 
INDIVIDUALS
Norby Anderson
Darla and Richard Bastoni
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Maureen Clarke
George and Susan Crow
Drs. John and Lois Crowe
Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mr. William Dwan
Margareta and Staffan Encrantz
James Heagy, in memory of Janey Heagy
Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein and Ms. Susan English
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Midge and Shireen Mansouri
Ellen and Paul McKaskle
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ron Morrison
Mr. Paul D. Nordine
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Diana C. Yee
Susan York
 

Gold Circle
$2,500 - $4,999


FOUNDATIONS
Amphion Foundation
H.B. and Lucille Horn Foundation
Karl and Alice Ruppenthal Foundation for the Arts
San Francisco Opera Guild Peninsula Chapter
San Jose Opera Guild
William Karl Schwarze Trust
 
INDIVIDUALS
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
James Scott Bays
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Ms. Lucia Bogatay
Ms. Annette Camptell-White and Dr. Ruediger Naumann-Etienne
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Ms. Jeanne Dorward
Margareta Encrantz
Ms. Pamela George
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Michael A. Harrison and Susan Graham Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. David Hartley
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Greer and Thayer Hopkins
Mrs. Dana T. Horner
H. Nona Hungate
Mr. Robert Jacoby
Mr. and Mrs. C. Bradford Jeffries
Ms. Nelda Kilguss
Karen J. Kubin
William W. Kwan, MD
Nafiseh and Karl Lindberg
Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Eve and Niall Lynch
Midge Mansouri
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Ms. Maura Markus
Myron Marx and Xora Yang
Donald L. McGee
David Miller
D.G. Mitchell
Howard and Cathy Moreland
David and Marilyn Nasatir
Ms. Annie Nunan
Mr. and Mrs. John Renard
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Mr. Steven Shladover
Ms. Jean Shuler
J.H. Silveira, M.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sonnenblick
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Ruth Hartman Uchimura
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Ms. Faye Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Anonymous
 

Silver Circle
$1,000 - $2,499


FOUNDATIONS
Joyce and William Brantman Foundation
Five Arts Foundation
San Francisco Opera Guild East Bay Chapter
San Francisco Opera Guild Marin Chapter
Arthur and Charlotte Zitrin Foundation

 

INDIVIDUALS
Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Dr. Phyllis B. Blair
Ms. Brooke Bourland
Mr. Brent Butler and Mr. Kenji Matsuoka
Frances Campra
Mr. Martin S. Checov and Mr. Timothy J. Bause
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Cheitlin
Janet Cluff
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
Dr. Philip and Mrs. Elayne Dauber
Ms. Cheryl Fippen
Barbara B. Friede
Ms. Theresa Hallinan
Mary and Craig Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. Claude M. Hess
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Alice Ames Morison and Dr. Oakley Hewitt
Wilma Horwitz
Ms. Andrea G. Julian
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Mr. Sven Kjaesgaard
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Ms. Kathe Lange
DMs. Denise Latka
MMiss Renee O. Leap
Mrs. Emily Marcus
Deborah Marion, Tax CPA, EA
Myroin Marx and Cora Yang
Mrs. Anne G. McWilliams
Suzanna G. Pollak
Ms. Susan K. Prather
Ms. Merrill Randol
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Ms. Kathleen Rydar
Jack and Betty Schafer
Gary and Dana Shapiro
Dr. and Mrs. Jon F. Sigurdson
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Mrs. Richard Swig
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Ms. Shirley Woo and Mr. David Rosenfeld
Mr. Shariq Yosufzai and Mr. Brian James
Ms. Anne Zuchi
Anonymous

 

Bronze Circle
$600 - $999


Ms. Karin Albright
Mr. Terence Chu
Mrs. Linda Dunn
Mr. Fred Hartwick
Ms. Eiko Kikawada
Ms. Myra K. Levenson
Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Michener
Dr. and Mrs. Hans Orup
Ms. Danielle Rebischung
Mr. and Mrs. John Renard
Dr. Andrew Rombakis
Moya and Alyosha Verzhbinsky
Anonymous

 

Benefactor
$300 - $599


Mr. David N. Barnard
Mr. Frank S. Bayley III
Robert H. Beadle
Mrs. Marcia Benjamin
Linda Blum
Mr. Bruce Bowen and Ms. Junona Jonas
Ms. Karen Burtness Prak
Ms. Janet Chiang
Raymond and Minnie Chinn
Mrs. Beverly Coughlin
Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Crane Dorfman
Dr. Ranveig N. Elvebakk and Mr. Thomas Farren
MRoberta and Mark Emerson
Mr. Ed Eng
Ms. Ileana Facchini and Mr. Mitchell Shapiro
Ms. Pamela D. Ferris
Mr. Cliff Jarrard
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Levinson
Miss Janice C. Levy
Norman and Helen Ann Licht
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ludgus
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Patrick McCabe
Mr. Peter J. Musto
Mr. Robert Oaks and Mr. Fred Sheng
Ms. Joan O'Leary
Ms. Marie Orsi
Hiroko Prather
Olga and Sergey Rakitchenkov
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
Kenneth Ruta
Ms. Susan Ruwart
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schroeder
Mrs. Harriet Simpson
Mr. Sheldon Sloan
Mrs. Violet Taaffe
Mary and Terry Vogt
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Mr. David Zebker
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Zlatchin
Ms. Anne Zucchi
Anonymous (2)

 

Founder
$100 - $299


Mrs. Charles B. Adelmann
Ms. Joan M. Allen
Mrs. Beresford Amoroso
Ms. Christine Angelesn
Mr. Marc Barberis
Paul and Linda Baumann
Martha Nell Beatty
Mr. Stephen Bertram
Ms. Jodie Beyer
Ms. Linda Blondis
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Boeckmann
Dr. Victor Bonfilio
Fergus and Jean Bordewich
Karen Breslin
Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Brudos
Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark
Valarie V.V. VBurgess and John G. Burgess
Col. and Mrs. Bruce Carswell
Mr. William Chinowsky
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Ciabattoni
Mr. Martin Cohn
Bryan and Karen Collins
Mrs. Louise Costigan-Kerns
Jennifer Cowan
Patricia Craig
Ms. Kathleen Crisp
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Loni Dantzler
Ms. Francine S. Davis
Mr. Brian Deans
Mr. and Mrs. Harry L.E. Dennis
Rose Mary Dougherty
Ms. Maja N. Fara
Ms. Ruth Felt
Mrs. John H. Finger
Jon W. and Ellen V. Florey
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Foster
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Foster
Joseph and Barbara Fredrick
David and Betsy Fryberger
Dr. Frederick Gabali
Dr. Scott Gale
Mr. Francis Garcia
Ms. Carol Ghinger
Mr. William W. Godward
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Goren
Dr. Kathleen Grant and Dr. Thomas Jackson
Dr. Erich Gruen and Ms. Ann Hasse
Ms. Sara Haber
Mrs. Bronwyn H. Hall
Mr. William Hamilton
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Handeland
Mr. Larry Hanover
Ms. Barbara E. Harms
Mr. Daniel Hersh
Mr. Thomas Hibdon
Ms. Wendy Hillhouse
Mrs. Henry Palmer Hotz
Mr. Barry D. Hovis
Mr. Luther Jackson
Ms. Judith Kahn
Mrs. Richard Kirby
Ms. Andrea Kohnruss
Ms. Gladys Kurzuk-Howard
Judith A. Lamberti
Dr. Jack Leibman
Kathleen and John Leones
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Arend Lijphart and Gisela Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lin
Ms. Linda Long
Haksoon Andrea Low
Mr. Allen Mann
Dr. Michael Melewicz
Dave and Erika Meinhardt
Ms. Deborah K. Miller
Mrs. Judith Miller
Jane and Harry Mison
Patricia Mitchell
Mr. Howard R. Neckel
Dr. Tony Nespole
Mr. and Mrs. D. Warner North
Dr. Judy O'Young and Mr. Gregg Hauser
Ms. Mitzi Palmer
Mr. Tito Patri and Mrs. Bobby Reich-Patri
Ms. Nancy Petrisko
Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Pohl
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie Post
Ms. Shirley Reith
Ms. Virginia Reyna
Ms. Isabella Rosen
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg
Mr. Milton Schaefer and Mr. Scott Plakun
Mrs. Hanne Schultz
Mr. Hiram Simon
Ms. Christine Staples
Mr. /Eric Stevens
Rev. Dr. David H. Stohlmann
Mr. Garret Swart
Ms. Audrey Tomaselli
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Mr. Thomas Tragardh
Ian and Julia Wall
Ms. Jane Wallace
Ms. Ching-Yu Wang
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Ms. Rosalie V. Weaver
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Daphne and Stuart Wells
Dr. and Mrs. David Werdegar
Dr. Ronald Wing
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wittwer
Ms. Jennifer Wolch
Ms. Susan Z. Wolfe
Mr. Frank Zepeda
Anonymous

 

Basic
$25 - $99


Drs. Paul and Geraldine Alpert
Ms. Erica Ankuda
Mr. Edgar A. Benhard
Mrs. Betty I. Bernstein
Veronica Breuer
Mr. and Mrs. Donal Brown
Virginia L. Brown
Guy A. Campisano Jr.
Miss Joyce K. H. Chow
Bob Dallachie
Martin and Virginia Davis
Bruce Delagi and Dan Jepson
Ms. Jennifer Delany
Carol Dickson
Bob Ely
Roland Feller Violin Makers
Mr. John Gildersleeve
Mr. Greg Gorel and Mr. Dan Wong
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Greene
Eleanor Hansen
Mrs. Nadine Hubbell
Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Klier
Ms. Anna Lamothe
Mr. Steven Langer
Ms. Alice Lehmann
Mr. William Martin
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Mr. James McKeown
Mrs. Charlotte McMinn
Dave and Erika Meinhardt
Ms. Sandra Miller
Mr. Michael Moerman
Mrs. Nancy B. Ream
Jerry and Gloria Reichhoff
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rodd
Mr. Ronald Rogness
Mr. Alex Rynecki
Derek Sinutko
Miss Maureen Smith
Ms. Cherrill Spencer and Mr. Rick Leder
Mr. Stephen Suzman
Mr. Moez Virani
Steve and Pat West
Mr. Michael Williams
Ms. Suzanne Yamada
Ms. O'Brien Young
Anonymous (4)
 

In-Kind Donors


Accor Hotels
August (1) Five
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Golden State Warriors
Hafner Vineyard
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Port of Oakland
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg

 


Corporate Matching Gifts Donors


Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough LLC
Union Bank of California

 


Merola Legacy Society


Norman Abramson and David Beery
Ms. Barbara Adams
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Mrs. John Anderton
Ms. Wilma Avery
Kathleen H. Barr
James Scott Bays
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bowen
Mr. Donald Buhman and Mr. Wray Humphrey
Russell P. Chappell
Donna Chazen
Agnes Chen Brown, in memory of Robert Elliott Brown
Maureen Clarke
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Jose María Condemi
George and Susan Crow
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mr. Stephen Drewes
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dwelly
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Mr. Robert F. Ewing and Mr. Cesar L. De Joya, Jr.
Mary and Tom Foote
Mario Fracchia
Barbara B. Friede
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Ms. Magda Gabali
Mr. J. Gerald Gagnon
Ms. Pamela George
Mrs. Rolf Gille
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Ms. Tracy Grant and Ms. Mélanie Grant
Ms. Doris W. Grau
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
Dr. and Mrs. John G. Gurley
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Mr. David Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Dagmar L. Jamison
Ms. Joanie Juster
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Ken Kolby
Ms. Barbara F. Kral
Barbara Graham Kreissler
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Ms. Olive Lawton
Mr. John Lee
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Bernice Lindstrom
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Betty Maddux
Ms. Norrine L. Marchegiani-Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Bill Medigovich
Ms. Christine Miller
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
D. G. Mitchell
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Camille Morishige
Ms. Thelma Morris
Mr. Albert L. Mosher
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Carl Noelke
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. O'Hanlon
Brenda Osborne
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Ms. Frances Quittel
Robert and Carol Parvin
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. Robert Robertson
Peter and Bettina Rosenbladt
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Ms. Louise A. Russell
Kenneth Ruta
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Debra R. Schoenberg
Ms. Marilyn G. Seiberling
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Jean A. Sherlin
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Ms. Sue Sommer and Mr. Ray White
Ms. Nancy Soper and Robert Soper
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Dr. Sam Thal
Miss Carol Tomlinson
James S. & Gayle G. Tunnell
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Victor
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Doug Von Qualen
Ms. Gladys Wagman
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Stephen and Connie Zilles
Anonymous (3)

 

Tributes


IN MEMORY OF
Brian Asawa
Freida Batten
Robert Elliott Brown
Zheng Cao
Kathy Graham
Susan Meadows Hone
Dana Turkington Horner
Barbara K. Jackson
Eleanor Kenney
William Kent and Norma Draper
Vivienne Miller
Valerie Pope
Henry W. Robinson and Nettie Robinson
James Forrest Vedder
Cameron Waterman III

 

IN HONOR OF
Barbara Bruser Clark
Carlyn Clause
Michael Colbruno
Hugh Coughlin
David Hugle
Sylvia Lindsey
Jim Meehan
Glenn Reid
Barbara Ross
Eric Stevens

 

Merola Opera Program Endowment


Kurt Herbert Adler - Merola Endowment Fund
Amici di Merola Fund
The Anthony I. Balestrieri Endowment Fund
Richard J. Bartlett Memorial Fund
Jean E. Bennett, Jr. Fund
The Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
John S. Brooks Memorial Fund
Florence Bruce Fund
Bruser Family Fund
Carlton F. Bryan Fund
Betty Cable Fund
Zheng Cao Opera Fund
Cooper Endowment Fund
Reid & Peggy Dennis Endowment Fund
Grace A. Diem  & Alice E. Siemons Endowment Fund
In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
Querita Eybel Endowment Fund
Mr. & Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson Endowment Fund
Alfred Fromm and Otto E Meyer, in Memory of Dr. Angel Grooper
I. P. Patrick Gallagher Fund
Nicholas & Mary Ann Gannam Endowment Fund
L. Henry Garland Memorial Fund
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund
Richard N. Goldman Fund
Donna Lee Grassman Memorial Fund
Gary Griffith Memorial Endowment Fund
Gropper Memorial Fund
Anneliese Gruenberg-Bremer Fund
Otto Guth Fund
Mark Haffner Apprentice Coach Fund
In Memory of James T. Heavey Fund
Elaine Henderson Endowment Fund
Vija Hovgard Endowment Fund
David S. Hugle and Haggai Niv Endowment Fund
The Jacobs Family Trust
Grace & Mildred Johnson Endowment Fund
In Memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
Leona Gordon Lowin Memorial Fund
Jack H. Lund Fund
Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Director Fund
Sandra McCabe Fund
Meltzer Family Memorial Fund
Merola Members Endowment Fund
Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick   AIDS Memorial Fund
Oreste J. di Muro Endowment Fund
Verna Osborne Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation Career Grant Endowment
Mary A. Powell Career Grant Fund
In Honor of Leontyne Price Endowment Fund
Charles Rolle, M.D. Endowment Fund
Marie Louise Rosenberg Memorial Endowment Fund
Gerald B. Rosenstein Fund
Mary Roy Fund
Schick Memorial Fund
James H. Schwabacher, Jr. Fund
The Shenson Family Fund
Margery Tede Endowment Fund
Blanche Thebom Trust Fund
Dickson Titus III Fund
Alma Brooks Walker Memorial Fund
Frank W. & Matilda O. Weymouth Living Trust Fund
In Memory of Patricia Yakutis Endowment Fund

 

Merola Opera Program Career Grants


Dr. Phyllis B. Blair Career Grant–Drs. Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
Florence Bruce Career Grant–Mrs. Starr Bruce Endowment Fund
Jean Donnell Memorial Career Grant–In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Career Grant–Mr. Richard N. Goldman Fund
Gropper Memorial Career Grant–Alfred Fromm & Otto E. Meyer, in Memory of Dr. Angel Gropper
E. A. Haggerty Memorial Career Grant–Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
David S. Hugle Career Grant–Mr. David S. Hugle
Peter G. Kavantjas Career Grant–In memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
Li Foundation Career Grant–Li Foundation Scholarship Fund for Chinese Singers
Merola Alumni Career Grant–Merola Opera Program Alumni
Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Career Grant–Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation Career Grant–The Bernard Osher Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Bernhardt Poetz Memorial Career Grant–A Friend of Merola
Schick Memorial Career Grant–Schick Memorial Fund
Schwabacher Family Career Grant–Mr. James H. Schwabacher
Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation in memory of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson
Richard Strauss Opera Career Grant–G. William Jewell, in memory of Mr. Robert C. Silvering
Dickson Titus III Career Grant–Dickson Titus III Fund

 


For more information on how you can support Merola Artists and Alumni with a gift, contact:

Tracy Grant

Director of Contributed Giving

tgrant@merola.org

(415) 936-2324

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