Sixth Year of Overture’s Local Legends Breaks The Record With Six $100,000 Gifts
Largest-ever Challenge Grant Will Match Donations Until June 15, up to $600,000
Ted DeDee, president and CEO of Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts, with the Overture Center Foundation (OCF) Board of Directors announced today the list of Overture’s Local Legends for 2018. These are local companies, couples or individuals who’ve pledged $100,000 to challenge area residents and businesses to support the arts at Overture as part of the Spring Match Campaign.
The 2018 Local Legends, donors who lead by example in their extraordinary support of the arts and community engagement, are especially dedicated to providing arts access to Madison’s young people. The Connor Hughes Family, Betty Harris Custer and Custer Plumb Financial Services, Old National Bank, Jack and Sarah Salzwedel, Charles and Barbara Saeman and Vance and Jody Tang challenge the Madison community to match their collective gift of $600,000 to Overture’s community programs.
The Connor Hughes Family
Anne Connor feels especially close to the Overture Center. Her nature gallery and gift shop is just across the street. She sees firsthand how Overture benefits downtown and the greater Madison community and how those businesses benefit Overture in return. It’s a nurturing relationship that means success for all. She and her sister Linda Hughes, along with their husbands Tim Connor & John Hughes, consider their support an investment in the future for Madison and for the generations to come. As Overture has expanded its events and programming, the Connor and Hughes families also have increased their gifts.
“It’s a powerful thing to walk down the street and see kids laughing, skipping and reliving their Overture experience. It’s really empowering and makes us want to do more.”
“Overture Center’s presence is part of what makes downtown Madison successful and is helping us to build a healthy city center. This wonderful facility is what I think of when I think of downtown Madison. Even the architecture of the building engages people in the arts, and there’s so much that goes on here beyond what happens on the stage. Overture offers opportunities for everyone, from the programming for young children, adults, for dance lovers and for artists in the galleries – there is just so much available.”
Betty Harris Custer and Custer Plumb Financial Services
Betty Harris Custer, current president of the Overture Center Foundation Board of Directors, has worked in financial planning for over 47 years, as founder in 1981 of her own firm, Custer Financial Services (CFS), and as senior management for several nationwide firms. In 2017, Custer Financial Services became Custer Plumb Financial Services, where Betty continues in her Managing Partner role. J. Corkey Custer, Betty’s husband, has worked with Custer Financial Services for 29 years, continuing in his Managing Partner role when the firm became Custer Plumb Financial Services in 2017. Nathan M. Plumb has worked in financial services for over 15 years, and is honored to be the named and chosen successor of Custer Plumb Financial Services.
“I think a lot about growing up as a child in Madison when our funds were limited. We did not really have a lot of exposure to things outside of our own little world, but, one of the things I remember from watching public television was Gerald Bartell always saying, ‘The arts are for everybody. Support and enjoy.’ And I internalized that so later in life when I had money, that my family hadn’t been used to having, I knew that some of that money had to go back to the arts. Mostly I think that those of us who have experienced the beauty of the arts and know what it means to us, simply know that we must share it with everyone we can possibly share it with.”
Old National Bank
At Old National, diversity and inclusion are part of our core values. We support Overture Center as they extend access to the arts and create experiences that inspire, provoke and bring joy. Throughout our 184+ year history, we have been committed to making our community thrive. The arts are indispensable to that goal. We are thrilled to be the title sponsor for Overture’s High School Musical Awards program to celebrate the talent and potential of young people throughout Wisconsin and to bring people together.
“We are grateful for Overture Center’s efforts to tear down barriers and make the arts accessible to all. We are proud to support the efforts to make all Wisconsin communities more inclusive and vibrant. We are investing in the arts to encourage young people to discover their potential and creativity through Overture programming” said Wisconsin Region CEO Len Devaisher.
Jack and Sarah Salzwedel
Jack Salzwedel is chairman and chief executive officer of American Family Insurance and his wife, Sarah, is President of the Board of Directors of Friends of UW Health. A native of DeForest, Wis., Jack began his career with American Family in 1983 as a claim adjuster.
“The arts are an important part of not only our lives, but the lives of our children, our families and our communities. A vibrant center like this is great for the community overall. It offers so much to so many people. It’s a world-class arts facility, but so much more – it’s really a community jewel.”
Charles and Barbara Saeman
State Bank of Cross Plains. He is on the board of Overture Center Foundation and is a past president. Saeman and his wife, Barbara, have been Broadway at Overture subscribers for years.
“Overture gives without asking. It’s there and by its very nature provides to Madison and the surrounding communities opportunities that make lives better and employment better for potential hires. We see what can happen through the arts and allowing children to experience the arts – when they might not have had a chance to. They look at the stage and they say, ‘That could be me up there. That could be me someday.’”
Vance and Jody Tang
Vance Tang is the owner and consultant at VanTegrity Consulting, which focuses on business strategy, leadership culture, organization development, and executive coaching. He and his wife became a Local Legend to engage with the Madison community.
p “We support the arts because it creates a thriving community of creative ideas and people of all ages, from children through retired people…and the arts create a lot of interest and excitement in the community.”
“For six consecutive years, I’ve been absolutely astounded by the generosity in Madison in support of the arts, and 2018 is no exception as a record-breaking year for Local Legends,” said Ted DeDee, Overture’s president and CEO. “Six local families and corporations have pledged $100,000 to Overture’s Spring Match Campaign this year, totaling $600,000 that will support Overture’s free and low-cost community programs. All money raised by the community through this challenge will help Overture continue to provide access to the arts for all in our community and beyond.”
To qualify for the match, gifts may be made by individuals or businesses and designated to the Overture Annual Fund or in support of a community program. Performance or program sponsorships will not be counted toward the match.
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