‘Luminaries’ bring a brighter future to the Rippon

April 17, 2014

 $75,000 campaign replaces decades-old lighting

When the lights come up on the Mary Rippon outdoor stage this summer, they’ll be better and brighter than they’ve been for decades, thanks to the generosity of our supporters. 

A little history: Until this year, CSF had been using lights acquired from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the mid-1980s. Some had seen six decades of service.

Many no longer focused, had cracked lenses, or were missing parts, among other problems. All that made our lighting both less effective and less energy efficient. Simply put, the lights were about to go out. 

Last fall the festival launched a $75,000 mini-capital campaign to replace its focused lighting inventory. Pam Hartman, a member of the CSF Advisory Board, and her husband Duke Hartman put up a matching gift for half the amount. Donors began stepping forward to sponsor 10 lights, four, two, even one. 

In early April, the festival met its fund-raising goal, thanks to many donors, including the CU-Boulder College of Arts and Sciences, which kicked into the campaign. In a joint effort with CSF, the college also paved the way with a major electrical upgrade in 2013. 

“This summer, audiences will experience a new world of light and beauty that will illuminate our stages for decades to come,” says Producing Artistic Director Tim Orr. 

We’d like to give special thanks to our “Luminaries”—the generous CSF supporters who made it possible:

Pam and Duke Hartman

Diana and Mike Kinsey

Kate Wilson and Alexander Goetz

Anne and John Blair

Christine and Robert Wester

Jill Bullington and Steven Leigh

Karen, Bob, Rachel and Molly Herz

Chelsea and Bill Flagg

Roe Green

Stephany Roscoe and Brian Curtiss

Isabelle Clark

Dave Collins

Margot Crowe in memory of Lawson Crowe

Jeanne and Jim Fetterman

Kenneth Gamauf

Patty and Jerry Hauptman

Lin and Matthew Hawkins

College of Arts and Sciences