Overture’s Local Legends program honors individuals and organizations who lead by example in their support of the arts and community engagement. Local Legends provide a transformative gift to Overture Center for the Arts of $100,000. Their collective pledge challenges the Madison community to match their gifts during our Match Campaign every spring. Overture’s annual Spring Match Campaign supports Overture’s free and reduced cost community programming, allowing transformative arts experiences for all.
See below to learn more about 2017/18 Local Legends, or learn more about our past local legends.
2017/18 Local Legends
The 2017/18 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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles and Barbara Saeman
Charles L. Saeman is currently the President and Chairman of the Holding Company and Chairman of the Board of the 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.
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.