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Annual Gift Endowment

Donate the Gift that Keeps on Growing

Your annual gift to Skylight Music Theatre is an important source of revenue for the company, and we are grateful for your support. You can ensure that the Skylight receives your annual gift, even after your lifetime, by remembering the Skylight in your estate plans.

These gifts are added to the Skylight’s permanent endowment fund, which is a perpetual source of income for the company. Endowment gifts are held and invested, unlike annual gifts that are used to cover immediate operating expenses. Only a portion of the income from the endowment is used each year (annual distributions may not exceed 5% of a five-year rolling average), so endowed gifts never stop growing.

The following shows you how to endow your annual gift, ensuring that your generous tradition of giving continues for generations to come.

  •  Annual Gift: $250 | Perpetuate with Endowment Gift: $5,000
  •  Annual Gift: $500 | Perpetuate with Endowment Gift: $10,000
  •  Annual Gift: $1,000 | Perpetuate with Endowment Gift: $20,000
  •  Annual Gift: $5,000 | Perpetuate with Endowment Gift: $100,000
  •  Annual Gift: $10,000 | Perpetuate with Endowment Gift: $200,000

These amounts are based on placing your gift in the permanent endowment fund and using 5% of your gift each year. To calculate, simply divide the amount of your current annual gift by the endowment distribution rate of 5%.

To learn more, contact our Director of Development Kelly Gerlach at (414) 299-4962 or

Skylight Stars

Skylight Stars was established in 1998 to recognize those donors who have made special gifts to Skylight in one or more of the following ways: capital or endowment initiatives, trusts and bequests, and planned gifts, including:

  • A cash gift of $10,000 or more to Skylight Music Theatre’s Permanent Endowment Fund
  • A cash gift of $10,000 or more for artistic initiatives, organizational initiatives or capital asset purchases
  • A bequest of $10,000 or more indicated through the signing of a letter of intent
  • Naming Skylight Opera Theatre as a beneficiary of a charitable trust or irrevocable life insurance policy

Members’ names are permanently listed on the Wall of Stars in the Broadway Theatre Center. Stars are also listed in program books, newsletters, the Annual Report, and other materials, as appropriate. Finally, members are invited to exclusive Skylight Stars events. We thank them for their very generous support.

List of Skylight Stars
  • Christopher Seton Abele
  • Anonymous (8)
  • Dennis & Mary Bersch
  • The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation
  • Aunt Teckie Brumder
  • Don & Barbara Buzard
  • Anne Perkins Cabot
  • F. Colin & Paula Cabot
  • Doris Hersh Chortek
  • John Dahlberg
  • Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust
  • Hugh & Mary Denison
  • Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trusts
  • John & Mary Emory
  • Marianne Holtz Epstein
  • Byron & Suzy Foster
  • Lloyd & Mary Ann Gerlach
  • Joseph & Gwenn Graboyes
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund
  • Roy & Sue Gromme
  • Cheryl & Roy Hauswirth
  • David & Margarete Harvey
  • Tom & Suzanne Hefty
  • Jane E. Heinemann
  • Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
  • John E. Holland
  • Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz
  • Sydney & Grace Johnson
  • William & Charlotte Johnson
  • William Stark Jones
  • Halbert & Alice Kadish Fund
  • Jack & Ginny Kopischke
  • Konrad K. Kuchenbach
  • Clarice Laubenheimer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Edward Malkasian
  • Robert & Sally Manegold
  • Dorothea C. Mayer
  • Howard & Sara Miller
  • Asher & Susan Nichols
  • Asher & Susan Nichols Family Foundation
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • Jane B. Pettit Foundation
  • James G. & Gwen Plunkett
  • Mr. & Mrs. George William Pollock, Jr.
  • Verne & Marion Read
  • Blaine & Linda Rieke
  • Esther Leah Ritz
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Wayne & Jean Roper
  • Charles & Patricia Roy
  • Larry and Susan Salustro
  • John Shannon & Jan Serr
  • Vince & Joanne Shiely
  • L.B. & Lucy Smith
  • Dale L. Sorden Family
  • Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust
  • John & Jo Ellen Stollenwerk
  • Art Lubke & Gloria Tracy
  • David & Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation
  • Jon & Teri Vice
  • Audrey Wegner
  • Robert & Joyce Weiss
  • Nora & Jude Werra