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Program Sponsorships

Do YOU want to OWN a piece of your favorite Ruthmere program?

Ruthmere has over 100 different programs every year needing sponsorship support. Through our successful Ruthmere Rising support structure, we have drastically reduced the cost of supporting memberships in favor of giving YOU, our members, the choice for how you would like to target your extra support dollars through annual program sponsorships. For example, maybe you're a huge fan of our popular Ruthmere Tea events--you'd be in good company! Would you like to have your name listed as a Tea Sponsor, and also enjoy some special perks designed to perfectly suit your passion?  We would LOVE to add you to this growing list!

2024 is here!  We are currently seeking sponsorship support for the 2024 program year, and this is your LAST CHANCE to thank the wonderful people and organizations below who helped support Ruthmere's 2023 slate of programs. This list will soon be refreshed to reflect our 2024 program sponsors--WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR NAME ON THAT LIST!  

If you are interested in the possibilities, please speak with our Executive Director Bill Firstenberger over a nice cup of tea! Bill can be reached at 574-264-0330 ext. 105 or

2023 Program Sponsors
Free Family Sundays, Mother's Day, & Father's Day

Presenting Sponsor: The CFEC
2023 Spring & Fall Concerts

Presenting Sponsor: Ray & Mary Pat Mathis
2023 Concert Receptions Sponsor: Jon Smoker
2023 Annual Season Sponsor:
Dale & Shelly Seely
Spring Series Concert Sponsors: Janet Evanega Rieckhoff, Brenda & Michael Tudor, Gordon & Phyllis Hostetler

Individual Concert Sponsors: Marie Smith (2 concerts), James Rieckhoff (2 concerts), Wade Mayberry, Bob & Gail Martin, Terry Trimmer
Fall Series Concert Sponsors: Jan Atwood, Janet Evanega Rieckhoff, Dena Phillips

Beardsley Piano Prize Competition

Presenting Sponsor: Doug & Sharon Beardsley
Coffee on the Piazza

Presenting Sponsor: Tom Myers

Coffee Club Sponsors: Steve & Jean Barton, Bill & Lori Firstenberger, Fran Firstenberger, Brian & Marcy Gardner, Dave Miller, Mary & Jim Rasp, Marc & Kris Stahl, Kirk & Linda Stolley, Brenda & Michael Tudor

Plein Air Artist Feature Sponsor: Jim & Sheila Bridenstine
Summer Exhibit (Roaring Indiana in the Jazz Age)

Presenting Sponsor: Steve & Julie Bachman
Pottery Fair

Feature Sponsor: Jack & Karen Cittadine
Ice Cream Social

Feature Sponsor: 1st Source Bank
Beardsley Neighborhood Day

Presenting Sponsor: Bill Deputy Foundation
Good Neighbor Membership Sponsor

1st Source Bank
Gallery Talks

April & May: Karen Nicholson

June: Mark Doddington
July: Ann Wroblewski
August: Randall and Brenda Johnson
September: John and Margaret Frechette
October: Sam Sommers

November: Beth Hall
December: Wade Mayberry
Cemetery Walk

Becky Mayfield
EOQ Cocktails

Cheers Sponsor: Steve & Jean Barton
Patriotic Program Series

Presenting Sponsor: KeyBank
The Ruthmere Record
Spring/Summer Issue: KeyBank
Fall/Winter Issue: Jim Siegmann
April Sponsor: Kathy Pfister

Sponsorships are offered at varying levels that shoulder everything from Presenting Sponsor exclusivity to everyday fan enthusiasm. There's something for everyone's pocketbook (literally from $50 to $5,000), but most importantly, we hope that the end result is YOU feeling better connected to Ruthmere, and the parts of Ruthmere that keep you coming back.



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Elkhart, IN 46514

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