Why your support matters

For nearly a century, the Empire has continued to serve as a centerpiece of our community in spite of changing times, new technology, and even natural disaster. We wouldn't still be here without your support. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Empire Arts Center relies on donations to help us keep our theater both busy and beautiful. From iconic productions like Hairspray to local children's dance recitals, we are a home for our community's artists and arts supporters thanks to your help.

Are you interested in supporting the Empire through an individual or corporate sponsorship? Please contact Mackenzie at mackenzie@empireartscenter.com or call us at 701.746.5500 to discuss how we can customize your partnership!


Our Supporters

*past year’s supports as of May 1, 2018

HEADLINER ($10,000+)

Alerus
Brady Martz
The Bob & Sally Clayburgh Family Foundation
The Hal and Kathleen Gershman Family Foundation
The City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region
Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops
HB Sound & Light
Rydell Cadillac
Xcel Energy

LEGACY STAR ($5,000- $9,999)

Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hugo’s Family Marketplace & Hugo’s Wine & Spirits
Myra Foundation
North Dakota Council on the Arts
TownHouse Hotel

PRODUCER ($1,000-$4,999)

Aflac
Altru Health System
Arts Midwest Touring Fund
Botsford Family Foundation
Bremer Bank
Randy & Merrillee Brown
Madelyn Camrud
Chad Caya
JLG Architects
Fred & Lois Madsen
Manstrom Photography
The McKinnon Co., Inc.
Midco
Minnkota Power Cooperative
Greg & Deb Nelson
Prairie Public Broadcasting
Retrax Holdings, LLC
Bob & Cheri Rydell
The McKinnon Co., Inc.
Dwight & Ruth Thompson
UND Alumni Association & Foundation

DIRECTOR ($250-$999)

Archives Coffee House
Lewis Babinski
Jennifer & David Burkland
Michael & Sandra Butkowski
Choice Health & Fitness
Duane Christenson
Nancy & Chuck Devine
First Community Credit Union
Grand Forks Herald
Nick Hagen & Molly Yeh
Jamie Lunski & Tricia Halvorson Lunski
Amanda Hill LeFloch
MaryDale & Jim Hansen
Dr. Catherine Hengel Borud
Kim & Beth Holmes
Jonathan & Emily Holth
Impact Foundation
Indigo Signworks, Inc.
Dennis & Joan Johnson
Tami Ingstad Knudson, In honor of Kathy & Hal Gershman
Dennis Laudal
McFarlane Inc.
Marvin & Del Rae Meier
Minnesota Public Radio
Amy Muiderman / Word of Mouth Specialty Catering
North Dakota Ballet Company
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras
Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett
Scott & Leonora Pitts
Mitch & Kristen Price
Brian & Susan Poykko
River City Jewelers
RuthAnn Halvorson & Laurie Burkholder
Bill & Bev Schoen
John & Cynthia Shabb
Mark Siegel M.D., In memory of Barbara Siegel
St. Michael’s School
Terri Staples
Staybridge Suites
Summer Performing Arts Co.
Jeff & Kim Vigen
Clair & Ronda Zirnhelt

STAR ($25-$249)

Bradly & Gayle Aafedt
Crystal Alberts
Colleen Alphson
Valerie & Vincent Ames
Jerry Amiot
Robert Anderson
Lee Anderson
Gerri Anderson
Karla Anderson
Bethany & Levi Andrist
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STAR ($25-$249) CONT.

Anonymous
Anonymous, In memory of Brad Chalmers
Kathy Ashe
Rich & Karen Axvig
David Badman
Becca Bahnmiller
Kathleen Bakke
Sabrina Barnhart & Ted Sanchez
Lana Beaton
Steven Becker
Richard & Joanne Becker
Sally & Jimmy Beloff
Steph Blair & Alex Reichert
Paige Blanchard
Karl & Twila Bollingberg
Jacob Bolstad
Jon & Cindy Bonzer
Kristen Borysewicz
JoElle Boucher
Diane Bowen
Dr. Robert & Dawn Boyd
Mark Brandon
Barry & Sharon Branvold
Terry Brown
Peggy Brown
Michael & Ann Brown
Heather Bruhn
Todd & Tamara Bucholz
Building Systems Holdings, Inc.
Frank & Judy Bures
Kellie Burgess
Steve & Barb Burian
Darrell & Nancy Burkland, In honor of Emily Montgomery
Katy Bushaw
Tanya & John Butler, In honor of Emily Montgomery
Larissa & John Campbell
Naomi Carl
Tami & Jeff Carmichael
Cindy & Doug Carpenter
Anne Christopherson
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Clark
Darrel Cory
Cottingham Insurance Agency DDC Inc.
Becca Cruger
Louise Dahl
Linda Dahl
Daria’s Place
David & Kirsten Dauphinais
Robin David
Tammy Dolan
Kimberly Droog
Vanessa Dufault
Kim Dufault
Bonnie Durrenberger
Nancy & Norm Dutot
Mary Beth Edman
Steve Ege
Jay & Cheryl Ekren
Mark Fandrich
Susan Farkas
Cathi & Bob Feeley
Maura Ferguson
Bonnie Ferry
Rhea Ferry, In honor of Tim & Rhea Ferry
Rev. John & Kathy Fick
Maury & Faith Finney
Ann & Barry Folson
Cathy Foy
Andy & Kim Gasparini
Donna Gillig
Eliot Glassheim & Dyan Rey
Brian & Chilly Goodman
Kelly Grassel
Arlene Gunderson
Rich & Marlene Hagen
Scott & Brenda Halle
RuthAnn Halvorson
Donna Hastings & Jon Geiger
Steve & Joan Hawthorne
Judy Haynes
Ben & Crystal Hellekson, In honor of Team Blue
Jennifer Henry
Bryan Hoime
Stacy Horn
Tammy & Tarek Howard
Carl & Colette Iseminger
Carl & Colette Iseminger, In honor of our techie Candyce
John & Jackie Jeffrey
Jan Jelliff
Sue Jeno
Steve & Brenda Johnson
Jennifer Johnson
Darlene Johnson
Sam Johnson
Darin Kerr
Sandra Kerr
Debbie Kleven
Jay & Miranda Kleven, In memory of Jack & Andrea Kleven
Theresa Knox
Nile & Derek Kobetsky
Misti Koop
Brian & Susan Kraft
Jan Kulbacki
Erin & Carter Kunz
Dave & Cec Lambeth

STAR ($25-$249) CONT.

G. Paul Larson
James Laturnus
Doris Lebby
Paula Lee
Paula H. Lee, In memory of Randy Lee
Brian Lofthus
Peggy & Jerry Lucke
Patrick & Cynthia Mahoney, In honor of Hal & Kathy Gershman
Earl Mallinger
Gary & Carol Malm
Diane Manthei
Molly & Thomas May
Heidi McDonald
Casey McKinney
LuAnn & Pat McLean
Joel & Amy Medd
Rachel Medley
Kaye & Merle Mikkelsen
Ken & Trina Mikula
Donald Miller & Debrah Glennen
Susan Moberg
Corey & Jeannie Mock
Evan & Emily Montgomery
Mike & Meg Morley
Linda & Charles Muus
Jack & Joey Muus
Narloch Trucking
Yvonne & Lyle Nelson
Chris Nelson
Janet Nelson
Timothy & Kathleen Ness
Tim Nikle
Dick & Jan Olson
Roger & Treasure Omdahl
Grant & Kristine Paranica
Rebecca Patnaude, In honor of Nanna & Mankie
Misty & Gerad Paul
Wes & Carmen Peck
Betsy & Dexter Perkins
Allison Peterson
John Peterson
John & Karen Plante
Abigail Plumley
Mike & Rhonda Poellot
James & Melanie Popejoy
A.J. & Thomas Rand
Richard & Roxanne Ray
Teri Reed
Richard & Deborah Rogers
Richard & Deborah Rogers, In honor of Finlay & Eleanor Mikula
Kimberly & Jeffrey Rustad
Kerry & William Ryan
Bev & Casey Ryan
Julie Rygg
Amy Sanner
Jim & Judy Schill
Ken & Mary Jo Schill
Joe & Kristine Schneider
Theresa Schober
Max Schumacher
Eliot Schumacher
Stacy Schumacher
Megan Scott
Alice Senechal
Pam Shea
Connie Sherwood
Eric Skalicky
Kim Smaaladen
Donna Smith
Kirk & Joan Smith
Bonnie Sobolik
David & Callie Stadem
Karen Staggs
Suzanne Staver
Charity Stegman
Brad & Sheri Storbakken
Kevin & Maureen Storstad
Gary & Dottie Swanson
Diane Swanson
Keith & Mackenzie Teepen
Mare Thompson
Thompson-Schaefer Insurance Agency
Kyle Thorson
Tracy & Jason Uhlir
UND Department of English, In memory of Christopher P. Jacobs
Anita Vanyo
David & Marybeth Vigeland
Tami & Josh Vigness
Mitch Volk
Kim Votava
Richard & Aida Wakefield
Wakefield Hearing Center
Joel Walz & Hayley Svedjan Walz
Devera Warcup
Barbara Watson
Naomi & Jeff Welsh
Wendy Wendt
Korrie Wenzel
Adam Whetham, In honor of the dimmers that lost their lives to the boiler
Pat & Russ Wilber
Cathy Williams
Dave & Laurie Willprecht
Jib & Kim Wilson
Drs. James & Denise Wood
Dr. Joshua Wynne & Susan Farkas


2018 Dinner & Dance Sponsors

UNDERWRITERS

Hal & Kathleen Gershman Family Foundation
ICON Architectural Group

DIRECTORS

Alerus
HB Sound & Light

HEADLINERS

Brady Martz
Bob & Sally Clayburgh Family Foundation
Happy Harry's Bottle Shops
Rydell Cadillac
Xcel Energy

CONDUCTORS

Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau
TownHouse Hotel

STARS

Bremer Bank
Hugo’s Family Marketplace & Hugo’s Wine & Spirits
JLG Architects
The McKinnon Co., Inc.
Minnkota Power Cooperative
UND Alumni Association & Foundation