Friends of the Festival

Friends helping the Highlands Summer Festival

Through the efforts of Friends of the Highlands Summer Festival thousands of dollars have been invested in the past years to help the Festival grow. In addition to the hundreds of donations received from members and corporations, the organization hosts a 50/50 draw during each performance last season, which proved to be very popular and added greatly to the support of the Festival. We  have also hosted fund-raising events during the off season. Sincere thanks to all donors and those who purchase our 50/50 tickets. Look for other fun funding raising opportunities in the coming season.

While some of the Friends of the Highlands Summer Festival donations are used to cover Festival expenses, a large portion of the money is invested in the infrastructure of the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, improving the facility for all users. Donations from Friends of the Highlands Summer Festival have been combined with money from the Performing Arts Society and the High School, with the assistance of the Haliburton County Development Corporation, in the purchase of new lighting equipment for the theatre in 2019. Each year donations have also helped the Festival cover the cost of professional directors and actors.

All donations to Highlands Summer Festival are eligible for a tax deductible receipt. Managed by the Festival’s Board of Directors, the donations help ensure the continued high standards our patrons have come to expect. All donors are eligible to vote at the company’s annual general meeting. Suggested donation levels include: Actor up to $50; Director $51 to $100; Producer $101 to $250; Executive Producer $251 to $500; Artistic Directors over $500; Corporate Sponsors $1500.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Highlands Summer Festival, please send  your cheque to the address indicated below. Please make cheques payable to Highlands Summer Festival. We will issue a tax receipt for your generous contribution. Donations received after the season, will be included in next year’s budget. Donations are accounted for on a calendar year basis with tax receipts issued in the first two months of the following new year.

To encourage your contribution, we are offering the following incentives to those who make a donation:

  • Front of Line Service: If you are a member of Friends of the Highlands Summer Festival, your season pass or single ticket order received by our box office will be given priority treatment.
  • Recognition: Your contribution will be acknowledged in the program and on our website (see list below).
  • For The Future: You will have the satisfaction of supporting one of the most dynamic summer theatre companies in Ontario and ensuring its continued viability.
  • Tax Deductible: As a registered Charity, Highlands Summer Festival will acknowledge your donation with an official receipt which can be used for income tax purposes. (Our Canada Revenue Agency registration number is 87185 7918 RR0001)
  • Vote: As a donor you can vote at the AGM in April.

Your donation will help ensure the continued growth of the Highlands Summer Festival. In addition to the recognition in this website, donation received by May 31 are also acknowledged in the season’s theatre program.

We look forward to your ongoing support.

Joan Hawley
Co-ordinator, Friends of Highlands Summer Festival

Thank you to the following donors and Friends

The following individuals and businesses have become Friends of the Highlands Summer Festival by contributing to the  2020 season.

Thank you  for your support.

 Artistic Directors

  • Anonymous
    Graham & Carol Bowker
    Bruce & Barb Bunker
    Scot Denton
    George Legate & Ruth Exon
    Bill Gliddon
    Mike Iles
    Marian Langdon
    Marion Mandel
    Myrna McBrien
    George McElroy
    Charles & Lynn Simon
    Melissa Stephens
    Bessie Sullivan
    Lynn White

Executive Producers

  • Jim Aston
    John Bailey
    Norma Bingham
    Jack & Pat Brezina
    Bettie Campbell
    Brian Childs
    Ron Clark
    John Cowan
    Brian & Sandre Daoust
    Ross & Joan Davies
    Jan Gerrow
    Eleanor M Hall
    Jim & Marg Higgins
    Peter Jensen
    Brian & Beth Kipping
    Dan Kosmayer
    John Madill
    Dan & Roberta McCombe
    Ann McIvor
    Peter & Klara Oyler
    Greg Freeman & Jeff Papiez
    Carol Stewart
    Ilsemarie Tarte
    William D Taylor
    Ray Vanderburgh
    Stella Voisin
    Maraylene Welch
    Harry & Sylvia Winder
    Paul Zalan


  • Sandra Bell
    Michelle Bonham
    Neil Campbell
    Glen Carter
    Warren & Jean Currie
    Beverley Deeks
    Margaret Downey
    John & Valerie du Manoir
    Rhonda Elstone
    Marianne Fenninger
    Lee Gauthier
    Margaret Giles
    Audrey Grant
    Heather Harbinson
    Susan Hay
    Paul & Janet Heffer
    Bob Heyes
    Mike Hunter
    Jean Iles
    Norma Isaacs
    Mary Jowett
    Adam Jules
    Janet MacKay
    Dawn Martens
    Kathy Mason
    Don & Pat Maulson
    Joan McDonald
    Craig McGuffin
    Wanda Mole
    Judy Neimann
    Wendy Ogilvie
    Dave Parrott
    Sean Pennylegion
    Sue Pethick
    Gene Puritch
    William Seli
    Chalene Smith
    Norm & Fran Smith
    Carol Thompson
    Kevin Thompson
    Jack & Lorraine Virgin
    Kim & Wilma Warne
    Gregg Weatherill
    Wendy Wilkins


  • Janice Alexiou
    Don Ballantyne
    Michael Barnes
    Gary & Linda Bazowsky
    Joan Bell
    Michael & Susan Bernard
    Jim Blake
    Barb Bohlin
    Barb Bolin
    Patricia Bradburn
    Peter Brogden
    Michael & Carol Browne
    Burton Charitable Foundation
    Paul & Barb Cameron
    Lynda Campbell
    Nick & Liz Case
    Ian Comrie
    Terry & Shirley Davis
    Susan Ellis
    Wayne & Barbara Fawcett
    Bill & Mary Forbes
    Don & Jessie Geall
    Gordon Graham
    Christina Hadley
    Gary & Pat Hunt
    Donlyn Jackson
    Mary Johnson
    Colleen Karir
    Brenda Leis
    Randall Linton
    Ken Loney
    Wayne & Melanie Lord
    David McKay
    Judith McNeilage
    Jacqueline Metcalf
    Barbara Millington
    Margaret O’Shaughnessy
    Tina Palmer
    John & Millie Payne
    Pauline Plooard
    Eva Potter
    Sue Reid
    Lois Rigney
    Jane Robinson
    Mary Samson
    Gwen Scriven
    Katrina Shaddock
    Ron & Mary Sharp
    Gord Sheehan
    John & Judy Skinner
    Patricia Smyth
    Diana Spicer
    Don & Verla Stinson
    Martin Stoller
    Gary Stoner
    Dorothy Thayer
    Peggy Vidoczy
    Susan Vorvis
    Marcia Wagg


  • Bob Riches & June Anderson
    Matt Ardron
    Laura Atkinson
    Brian & Ann Aubrey
    Marg Baker
    Don & Ruth Benson
    Bob & Judy Cole
    Gwyn Cornfield
    Ruth Dolan
    Bruce & Marg Donaldson
    Curtis Eastmure
    Marie Gage
    Kathleen Giroux
    Betty Goard
    Dave Heaven
    Isabelle Heaven
    Don Henderson
    Catherine Holland
    Ruth Hunt
    Melinda James
    Carolyn Ludlow
    Carol McClennan
    Diana McCullough
    David Mills
    Reet Murray
    Colleen Rafton
    Susan Spencer
    Ev & Sharon Stata
    Winn Taylor
    Barb Townes
    Marie Watson
    Bob Wing

(Donations as of August 31, 2020)


Become a Friend of the Highlands Summer Festival

Interested in supporting the production of live theatre and concerts in the Haliburton Highlands? Then why not become a Friend of the Highlands Summer Festival? You can help enhance the annual live theatre season and improve the facilities for all groups using the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion at the High School in Haliburton. To become a Friend of the Highlands Summer Festival, simply complete the form below and mail it, with your cheque, to the address indicated. Donors are entitled to vote at the annual general meeting. Donors also receive front of line service when ordering tickets. All donations are eligible for a tax deduction.

NAME: _______________________________________________

ADDRESS: _______________________________________________



PHONE: _____________________________________

EMAIL: _____________________________________

LEVEL OF SUPPORT: [ ] Actor: up to $50; [ ] Director $51 to $100;

[ ] Producer $101 to $250; [ ] Executive Producer $251 to $500;

[ ] Artistic Producer more than $500; [ ] Corporate Sponsor $1500; [ ].

Send your donation to:

Highlands Summer Festival,
Box 938,
Haliburton, Ontario,
K0M 1S0



The Highlands Summer Festival is a federally registered charity. Donations are eligible for a receipt which can be used for income tax purposes. You too can ensure the continuation of the performing arts in the Highlands. Simply send your cheque to: Highlands Summer Festival, Box 938, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0. If you would like to discuss how you might make a legacy gift to the Highlands Summer Festival, call 705-457-9933 and a representative  will call on you.