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Development Contacts

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

Associate Director of Development:
Claire Ryan
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Corporate and Special Events Officer:
Michael Ayres
941-366-8450, ext. 402

Individual Giving Administrator:
Brenda Tamm
941-366-8450, ext. 250

Development Assistant:
Elizabeth Valkanas
941-366-8450, ext. 231

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

The Kretzmer Legacy Challenge

Make a difference that lasts forever!

Recognizing the importance of strengthening the Sarasota Opera's endowment and its current operating fund, Ernie Kretzmer, in honor and memory of his wife Alisa, has offered a challenge to our opera patrons. For every donor who makes a planned gift that is documented in writing, Ernie Kretzmer will donate $10,000 to the annual fund to support new productions of artistic excellence. The challenge will last until we have reached 75 new legacy gifts!

All types of planned gifts qualify for the match, including bequests, legacy commitments, charitable gift annuities, life insurance policies, retirement fund designations and charitable trusts.*Click here to learn more. 

Click here for a Legacy Gift pledge form or contact Stacy Ridenour, Director of Development at (941) 366-8450 ext. 246 or

*In order to encourage legacy donors to notify Sarasota Opera of their intentions, pre-existing verbal commitments will be counted if they are put into writing. Similarly, pre-existing written commitments will be counted if the amount is disclosed.


The Ernie and Alisa Kretzmer Legacy Society (formerly the Excel Society) members are opera patrons that have committed a future planned gift to the Sarasota Opera. The Opera is grateful to have the opportunity to recognize and thank these generous individuals for their philanthropy and love of Sarasota Opera.

Ernie and Alisa Kretzmer had the wisdom and interest to ensure that the Sarasota Opera, an organization that played an important role in their own lives, is supported now and for future generations. They encourage all of our opera patrons to reflect on what the Sarasota Opera means to you and to the Sarasota community.

Planned gifts are a wonderful way to ensure a legacy of great opera for future generations. We hope you will consider joining in support for the future vision of the Sarasota Opera.


For your convenience with updating your required estate planning documents, Sarasota Opera’s official name is:
Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.

And our tax id is: