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Countess Henrietta de Hoernle philanthropy stuns with $250,000 to Wick Theatre

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BroadwayGlobal shares Wick Theatre breaking arts news exclusive. Christmas came early at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum. During Thursday’s performance of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Countess Henrietta de Hoernle donated $250,000 to The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum.

"As BroadwayGlobal presents The 2nd Annual BroadwayGlobal Producer of the Year December 27, 2013 with "Producer Puzzle" the painting awarded for producers that are leading in producing live theatre, Theatre Producer Marilynn Wick is another perfect example for upcoming BroadwayGlobal Producers as she builds her production values, production team, patrons, and has created a "One Of A Kind Theatrical Experience" for theatres lovers around the globe." BroadwayGlobal.

For someone who worked at The Wick Theatre venue, as public relations, when the theatre was The Caldwell Theatre Company, I can't stress enough how important this donation was, not just to The Wick Theatre, but for the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle legacy, that continues her love of live theatre. The Countess' leaves her family name on the The Red Cross, Boca Raton Library, and once again on arts by donating to The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum that honors her husband Count de Hoernle, on the Theatre's Marquee of the glorious venue in Boca Raton, Florida.

Her donation proves once again, what the Countess has always said "I want to know where my monies are going while I'm alive." At 101 Countess Henrietta de Hoernle continues to be a beacon of light for arts and education around the globe. Working at The Caldwell Theatre Company I know that it took over thirty years to build this breathtaking venue, and now the newly designed 10 million dollar Wick Theatre and Costume Museum is getting global attention. I can personally tell you, many times The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle would write a donation check helping the theatre, even when the economy had turned, when no one was buying theatre tickets. But the show must go on, as The Wick Family continues to build on the 30 year legacy supported by the arts community.

The Wick Family has carried on the legacy of the venue, a theatre that has brought countless award winning plays and musicals to south Florida for over 30 years will now continue to thrive. The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle gracious donation proves, not only will she attend Broadway caliber productions to show her support of the Wick Family, but her donation is a stamp of approval for the family that has accomplished astronomical results in just a few months. They have collectively renewed the award winning theatre that is still bringing Broadway musicals and plays to Florida for an international theatre audience.

The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle generous donation kicked off "The Wick Thetare Donor Naming Rights Campaign" for the South Florida "one of a kind theatrical experience" venue, which formerly housed the Caldwell Theater Company.

“This place is magical...absolutely fantastic. I cannot say enough. What the Wick family has done is so wonderful,” said the 101 year old philanthropist. “I have traveled the world 20 times over, and have been in theatres everywhere, but never have I seen such comfort and beauty. I'm speechless.” Countess Henrietta de Hoernle. To which Marilynn Wick responded, “I am speechless by your generosity.”

The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle then continued to address the audience about the importance of supporting The Wick and being part of the "Donor Naming Rights Campaign". Inside the programs, the Countess showed a list of donor naming suggestions. Stating that it is a wonderful thing for people to do for themselves, or to honor someone they love. The Countess’ donation is in her late husband's memory, and will provide naming rights for the lobby.

Marilynn and her daughter, Kimberly, spoke to the audience about the tremendous contributions the Countess has made to so many wonderful organizations in this community and how grateful and overwhelmed they were by her support of their venue. “Words cannot express the gratitude we feel in our hearts for both your generous contribution to The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, and for your invaluable guidance in launching our donor naming rights initiative,” said Marilynn Wick.

“My daughters and I are overwhelmed by your kindness. For many years, we have read about the wonderful ways you have supported this community, but we never dreamed that you would bestow upon us your graciousness and incomparable support.”

The Wick Family has long been internationally recognized for amassing the largest collection of theatrical wardrobes in the nation. The collection has been featured on the Today Show, in People Magazine and was the subject of a photo essay in Vogue Magazine by renowned photographer Bruce Weber. The collection, which has an estimated value of $21 million, includes wardrobes from original Broadway productions of The Producers, Titanic, the Sarah Jessica Parker production of Once Upon a Mattress, La Cage aux Folles and the Julie Andrews production of My Fair Lady with designs by the incomparable Cecil Beaton, to name a few. This past year they reimagined the former Caldwell Theatre Company and created a magnificent new venue that showcases both the Costume Museum and a state-of-the-art theatre, which will be offering 42nd Street, The Full Monty, Steel Magnolias and Ain’t Misbehavin’ for the remainder of the season.

The suggested naming rights are as follows:

  • The Museum $750,000.00
  • The Stage $500,000.00
  • The Lobby $250,000—Countess de Hoernle
  • The Museum Gift Shop $200,000.00
  • The Tavern Room $200,000.00
  • The Ziegfeld Bar $100,000.00
  • The Lounges $ 25,000.00
  • The Dressing Rooms $25,000.00
  • The Box Office $25,000.00
  • The Actor’s Lounge $25,000.00
  • The Atrium $15,000.00
  • Rest Rooms $10,000.00
  • Individual Seats $ 1,000.00

The BroadwayGlobal top pick for the most beautiful "One of A Kind Theatrical Experience" The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, is gearing up for their next huge production of "42nd Street". The musical is choreographed by one of America's top choreographer's Ron Hutchins (Cirque Dreams, Actors Playhouse, University of Miami). The Carbonell Award winning choreographer is excited to combine talents from New York with Florida professionals to bring one of the biggest Broadway tap musicals to hit South Florida.

Florida Theatre Chat (www.facebook.com/groups/FloridaTheatreChat) has over 7,200 sharing arts information 'keeping Artists employed and Patrons informed" because of venues like The Wick Theatre. If Florida is to continue to be "the fun in the sun arts destination", venues like The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum must thrive with local support as well and international support like that of local Countess Henrietta de Hoernle.

"The announcement of "The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum Naming Rights Campaign" allows others to join with The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle and others from around the globe, as pioneers for arts and education, for the one of a kind theatrical experience. There is no other venue like this around the globe, to honor live theatre by showcasing your name in lights for arts. For more information visit The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum at www.thewick.org." BroadwayGlobal.

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