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Development Contacts

Director of Development:
Stacy Ridenour
941-366-8450, ext. 246

Development Officer:
Stephen Fancher
941-366-8450, ext. 231

Senior Manager, Special Events & Sponsorship:
Jennifer Simms
941-366-8450, ext. 402

Campaign and Database Officer:
Claire Ryan
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Grants Officer:
Betsy Dane
941-366-8450, ext. 253

Executive & Development Assistant:
Brenda Tamm
941-366-8450, ext. 538

Sarasota Opera
Development Department
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Since its inception, Sarasota Opera has grown into an internationally acclaimed opera company. A great part of this company's success is due to the generosity of the many who have chosen to leave their lasting legacy through a planned gift.

Planned giving is making the decision today to support Sarasota Opera's future. Contributions of this nature are at the discretion of the donor, while the majority are generally directed to the Sarasota Opera Endowment Fund. Our Endowment is held in perpetuity and generates funds that provide consistent income, ensure continued operations, and advance artistic excellence.

Your gift ensures that the Opera will continue to flourish in our community long into the future. Because of your foresight and generosity, we will be able to continue our mission to enrich, educate, and entertain by presenting world-class opera. In addition, you may be able to strengthen your long-range plans for yourself and your family in ways that you may not have realized were possible.

Now is the perfect time for you to set in motion a gift that will have a lasting impact on Sarasota Opera. Our staff is ready to assist you and your financial advisors with more information or confidential help in planning your gift. We look forward to speaking with you!

Contact Claire Wallace at (941) 366-8450, ext. 416



The Excel Society

Established in the 1980's, The Excel Society recognizes those thoughtful individuals who provide for the future of the opera by making planned gifts. We honor your legacy by investing prudently, thus ensuring that your gift is used wisely. Members of The Excel Society are invited to an annual luncheon, will receive lifetime acknowledgement in the Opera's program book, and enjoy other recognition. If you have already included Sarasota Opera in your plans, we would love to hear from you so we may thank you through The Excel Society.