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. 

Ruthmere Champions LIVE Results

28 Champions and counting!

Existing Endowed Funds - $2,779,876.00

Existing Non-Endowed Funds - $5,157,237.00


*Note that legacy gifts are not published in this total.

"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 added into the Ruthmere Champions campaign under the two categories listed above "Existing Endowed Funds" and "Existing Non-Endowed 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   

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

Ruthmere Champions Donation Form.pdf



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