Ruthmere Champions

Are you a Champion?  You'd better eat your Wheaties!  Consider becoming a Ruthmere Champion and maybe we will see YOUR PICTURE on a Wheaties box at the next Breakfast of Champions. 


Join us at the 2020 Ruthmere Breakfast of Champions on April 16th at the Crystal Ballroom of The Lerner.  Our keynote speaker will be Christy Williams Coombs, Vice President of Museum Services for Sotheby's.  Re-live the 2019 New York City auction this is transforming Ruthmere now and forever, and hear the bright vision for the future of our organization and community.



Christy joined Sotheby's in August of 2005 as a member of the Sotheby’s Press Office where she liaised with external media and assisted with press releases and corporate affairs.  Mrs. Coombs has since worked in Old Master Paintings (2006-2010).  She has been in her current role in Museum and Corporate Art Services since August of 2010.  She too works with private clients and advisors, managing relationships with over 100 private collectors, museums and corporations to facilitate deaccessions, acquisitions, valuations and cultivation events.  She has participated in auctions such The Studio Museum in Harlem Benefit Auction, sales from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Modern Art museum sales and the Neuberger Berman, General Mills, Bank of America and UBS corporate collection sales. Mrs. Coombs received a BA in English and art history from the University of Virginia.  She became a licensed and bonded auctioneer in December of 2016 and has conducted numerous Sotheby’s sales and benefit auctions for Bank of America, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Girl Rising, Project Sunshine, the Japan Society, the Queens Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum and other nonprofit organizations. In 2018, she raised over $1.5M for nonprofit organizations, and in 2019, she has already raised nearly $2M benefiting various institutions and organizations and the communities they serve.

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Ruthmere Champions LIVE Results

28 Champions and counting!

5-Year Total Champion Pledges+Match - $598,700.00

Existing Endowed Funds - $2,313,000.00

Existing Investment Funds - $4,600,000.00

Future Legacy Gifts - $2,000,000.00


REMAINING CHAMPION GOAL TO REACH $10 MILLION - $488,300.00

"Ruthmere Champion" is a special recognition designation for people, businesses and granting organizations that are committed to seeing the Ruthmere Campus thrive now and forever.  The threshold for being recognized as a Ruthmere Champion is a minimum qualifying gift commitment of $25,000 gifted over a 1-5 year period.  The original goal of the Champions campaign was to raise $5 million in public support, and $5 million of internal support primarily through legacy gifts for a total of $10 million to provide permanent sustainability.

Toward the goal of internal support, in August, 2019, the Ruthmere Board of Directors unanimously decided to sell the Ruthmere collection piece known as The Fallen Caryatid Carrying Her Stone by Auguste Rodin that was gifted to the museum in 1978 by Walter Beardsley.  Mr. Beardsley made this gift with the provision that the museum might sell it in the future if it was deemed appropriate and beneficial.  On November 12, 2019, the piece was sold at public auction at Sotheby's in New York City.  Proceeds from this sale were placed into the Ruthmere Champions campaign under the two categories listed above "Existing Endowed Funds" and "Existing Investment Funds."

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." 
Auguste Rodin


Auguste Rodin's The Fallen Caryatid Carrying Her Stone

Qualifying Champion support comes in the forms of membership, Ruthmere Forever giving, Adopt a Pom, or program underwriting sponsorships.  Legacy Ruthmere Champion gifts are also accepted for will and estate plans.  Simply use the Ruthmere Champions Form to select your appropriate gift intentions.  Ruthmere Champions are committed to making Ruthmere Campus facilities and programs a permanently vibrant and financially sustainable piece of the Elkhart community.

To learn more about becoming a Ruthmere Champion, contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at 574-264-0330 ext. 105, or by email at bfirstenberger@ruthmere.org.   

Click the link below for the Ruthmere Champions Support Form.  Thank you.

Ruthmere Champions Form 2019.pdf

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(888)-287-7696


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Elkhart, IN 46514

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