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Make a Difference Giving to Michigan State University
  • $55,395 RAISED OF $60,000 GOAL


  • Richard Sneary $500
  • Scott Golde $250
  • Merrill Lynch matching gift – Rich Sneary $1,885
  • Peter Tratt $100
  • David Bertram $500
  • Paula Weiner $100
  • Ana Whitman $25
  • Debra Gift $500
  • Jane Wilensky $200
  • Anonymous $100
  • Richard Weingartner $100
  • Judith Schaefer $20
  • Michael Brenton $300
  • Chrissie Brogan $1,000
  • Juliet Levy-Weston $50
  • Nancy Tucker $30
  • Anonymous $25
  • JulieAnn Karkosak $250
  • Michael Nussdorfer $500
  • Anonymous $100
  • Carol Noud $100
  • Thomas Eveland $100
  • Diane Mills-Gutierrez $20
  • Donna Mullins $50
  • Anonymous $25
  • Daniel Stump $100
  • Richard Sawicki $50
  • david komasara $500
  • Kay Cherry $100
  • David Tratt $500
  • Judy McPherson $300
  • Katherine Hoffman $35
  • Ilene Tomber $650
  • Anonymous $25
  • Brian Mattes $100
  • Rachel Michaud $50
  • Britany Benson Wujcik $20
  • Sheila Moore $250
  • Corinne Jankowski $100
  • Scott Golde $250
  • Evelyn Jackson $250
  • Anonymous $1,000
  • Anonymous $50
  • Jay Smith $100
  • Kathryn Hamilton $100
  • Carol Conn $250
  • Robin Miner-Swartz $100
  • Kathryn Hamilton $100
  • John and Mary Beth Pirich $10,000
  • Anonymous $500
  • Susan Nowicki $10
  • Robert Spagnuolo $25
  • Jarrod Bradford $100
  • Thomas Block-Easterday $100
  • Lisa Rentz $50
  • Merrill Lynch matching gift – Rich Sneary $250
  • Sandra Brown $50
  • Kristen Calabrese $100
  • Elizabeth Hoger $1,000
  • Danielle Deneau $50
  • Richard Sneary $250
  • Nancy Passanante $30,000
  • William Allen $100
  • Raj Wiener $1,000

Support Wharton Center for Performing Arts!

There is no greater purpose than to help transform the world around us for the better. Through the performing arts and arts education, Wharton Center is committed to shaping our community into something remarkable. Inspired by performances and innovative education programs, each person leaves Wharton Center with a story to tell. Sharing these stories is essential to living a richer and more resolute life. Your support helps make it all possible.

One Gift, Twice the Impact

Long-time Wharton Center patron and donor, Nancy Passanante, will generously match every dollar donated to Wharton Center’s Endowment Fund during this campaign, up to $30,000. Nancy recognizes the importance of philanthropy during these challenging times, and she hopes that her matching gift will encourage others to contribute to this cause. Give today because the arts flourish when they are shared.

Give to Wharton Center and Help Sustain Inspirational, Accessible Arts Experiences

Wharton Center’s Endowment Fund provides financial stability during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows us to maintain a strong connection with our community by presenting live-streamed performances and conducting virtual arts education workshops for K-12 students. This extended intermission will end, and the spotlights will once again illuminate our stages. As we look forward to the day that we can safely welcome you back to Wharton Center, we would appreciate your support to strengthen this fund that is vital to our mission.

You can help ensure a safe reopening and bright future for the performing arts on campus and in our community. By making a gift to Wharton Center, you are providing a wealth of opportunities: giving children a chance to see their first live show, maintaining a state-of-the-art atmosphere, and bringing global programming to mid-Michigan.

Make your gift today to double your impact with Nancy's generosity!

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About Wharton Center

Opened in 1982, Wharton Center for Performing Arts is the largest performing arts center in the state of Michigan and one of the nation’s premiere university venues. We engage our community through dynamic programming, education, and outreach. It is our goal to foster a world where stories shine a light on our common dreams, our struggles, and our shared sense of humanity to infuse our lives with connection and meaning.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21OOPCF1GTWHAR” in the note section.


The CARES Act allows taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.