The Muny plans to rename its planned giving society in honor of St. Louis’ 32nd mayor, Muny founding father, Mayor Henry Kiel, who also served as Muny Board President from 1919-1942.
Since The Muny’s beginning, Mayor Kiel played a leading role in making the civic institution a St. Louis summer staple; even playing King Richard in the Playground Pageant’s 1918 staging of Robin Hood, held on what would later become The Muny grounds. In Mayor Kiel’s honor, The Legacy Society takes the new name The Henry Kiel Society.
“Henry Kiel’s legacy is evident with The Muny’s celebration of its centennial year in 2018. As the Muny prepares for its second century and we honor the legacy of Henry Kiel, forward-thinking Muny lovers of all ages can create their own legacy by joining The Henry Kiel Society,” said former Muny Board President, Stephen C. Jones.
“Whether or not directed for a particular purpose, planned gifts, of any amount or type, in one’s own name or in honor of another, will ensure that The Muny continues to thrive, and will help secure a bicentennial celebration in 2118.”
“As a fourth-generation Kiel, this honor is a true testament to my great-grandfather’s legacy,” said Muny Board member David M. Hollo. “His passion for The Muny lives on with the naming of this legacy society. He would have been eternally grateful.”
The Henry Kiel Society recognizes donors who include any size donation to The Muny in their will, trust or planned gift. These donors’ passion for experiencing theatre under the stars, distinguishing The Muny in the musical theatre world, generating pride for St. Louis and supporting theatre arts in our community, cannot be contained in a single generation. Members of the The Henry Kiel Society will establish a personal legacy that will help shape The Muny’s future.
Emerson’s Gift to Muny’s Second Century Campaign
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 27, 2018 – The Muny has announced St. Louis-based Emerson has pledged a cash contribution of $6.5 million over seven years for its Second Century Capital Campaign, continuing the technology and engineering company’s decades-long philanthropic support of the St. Louis summer staple.
This fundraising effort will help fund major capital improvements, including a complete rebuild of the Muny stage, provide for the support, maintenance and upkeep of the aging 11.5-acre campus, and grow the theater’s endowment.
“Emerson has been an annual corporate supporter of Muny productions enjoyed by thousands each summer, but the time has come to invest in its facilities and future,” said Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, who serves on the executive board of The Muny. “Emerson is proud to make this major contribution to an organization that’s done so much to enrich the culture and community of St. Louis.”
“Emerson’s consistent support of The Muny has been incredible and generous,” said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. “Historically, they were among the first of our corporate donors and have remained involved with this institution ever since. Through this gift, they continue to set the bar as a corporate leader in this community.”
In recognition of Emerson’s donation to Second Century Campaign, The Muny will name the existing artists’ building for the company. The artists’ building houses dressing rooms, the wig shop, the hair and makeup departments and wardrobe maintenance.
“We are extremely proud of, and grateful for, the talented artists that grace The Muny’s stage,” said Muny Production Manager Tracy Utzmyers. “As we continue to attract the country’s top talent, our hope is to provide them with facilities that are both efficient and comfortable. We couldn’t be more thrilled that this essential building on our campus will be named for Emerson.”
To give, or for more information regarding The Muny’s Second Century Capital Campaign, please visit muny.org/secondcentury.