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 a50/50 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. 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 — $50; Director — $100; Producer — $250; Executive Producer — $500; Corporate — $1250 or more.

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 June 10th 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 success of the  2018 season. Thank you  for your support.


  • Amazing Agency
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Curry Chevrolet Buick
  • Dentistry in the Highlands
  • Haliburton County Tourism
  • Haliburton TimberMart
  • Highlands Medical Supplies
  • McKeck’s Tap & Grill
  • Minden Subaru
  • Parker Pad & Printing
  • TD Waterhouse
  • Technicalities Plus

Executive Producers       

  • Bill Gliddon
  • George Legate & Ruth Exon
  • Lenora Marriner
  • Bessie Sullivan
  • Anonymous (2)


  • Jack & Pat Brezina
  • Peter Jensen
  • Jim & Mary Samson
  • Charles & Evelyn Simon
  • Suzanne Sovereign
  • Ilsemarie Tarte


  • Karen Albert
  • Heather Alloway
  • Michael Barnes
  • John Beachli
  • Don & Ruth Benson
  • Wendy Brogan
  • Barb & Bruce Bunker
  • Burton Charitable Foundation
  • Neil Campbell
  • Brian Childs
  • Lindsey Coates
  • Kirsten Cooper
  • John & Rosalie Cowan
  • Jack Cox
  • Warren & Jean Currie
  • Ross & Joan Davies
  • Diane & Tom Dawson
  • Jack DeGroot
  • Rhonda Elstone
  • Wayne & Barb Fawcett
  • Mary-Lou Gerstl
  • Margaret Giles
  • Audrey Grant
  • Eleanor Hall
  • Susan & Keith Hay
  • Isabelle Heaven
  • Janet & Paul Heffer
  • Barbara Hodgson-Medd
  • Lynne Horvath
  • Gary & Pat Hunt
  • Carolyn Kinsman-Ludlow
  • Brian & Beth Kipping
  • Don Lintner
  • Elisabeth Linton
  • Haliburton & District Lions Club
  • Lori & Dwaine Lloyd
  • Ken Loney
  • Melanie & Wayne Lord
  • Linda Love
  • David MacDonald
  • John & Valerie du Manoir
  • Don & Pat Maulson
  • Roberta & Dan McCombe
  • George McElroy
  • Ted McGuirl
  • Bill & Joan McKnight
  • Ross & Mary Jane McMullen
  • Jacqueline Metcalf
  • David & Betty Mills
  • Wanda Mole
  • Ulf & Kay Hubbard Neidhardt
  • Peter & Klara Oyler
  • Royal Le Page
  • Tom & Barb Parish
  • Sean & Gwen Pennylegion
  • Sue Pethick
  • Gene Puritch
  • William Seli
  • John & Judy Skinner
  • Chalene Smith
  • Fran & Norm Smith
  • Peter Smith
  • Myra Stephen
  • Robert Stiles
  • Verla & Don Stinson
  • Sunny Rock B&B
  • Susan Bardwell & Kevin Thompson
  • Heather Toswell
  • Lorraine & Jack Virgin
  • Stella Voisin
  • Paul Vorvis
  • Wilma Warne
  • Wendy Wilkins
  • Donlyn Workman
  • Karen Wyatt
  • David Zilstra


  • John Anderson
  • Jeanne & Ted Anthon
  • Jim Aston
  • David Baxter
  • Joan Bell
  • Sandy Bell
  • Michael & Susan Bernard
  • Barb Bohlin
  • Glen & Michelle Bonham
  • Patricia Bradburn
  • Peter Brogden
  • Carol & Michael Browne
  • Paul & Barb Cameron
  • Lynda & Lorne Campbell
  • Ron & Bettie Campbell
  • Ian Comrie
  • Nancy & Rodger Cummins
  • Joan Davies
  • Bill & Mary Forbes
  • Daniel Garbutt
  • Don & Jessie Geall
  • Betty Goard
  • Christina Hadley
  • Joan Hawley
  • Norma Isaacs
  • Beth Johns
  • Mary Johnson
  • Gareth & Catherine Kellett
  • Heather Kelley
  • Brenda Leis
  • Janet MacKay
  • John Madill
  • Joan McDonald
  • Ann McIvor
  • Barbara Millington
  • Doris Mitchell
  • Tom Nicholson
  • Marg O’Shaughnessy
  • Martina Palmer
  • Jere Pike
  • Pauline Plooard
  • Gwen Scriven
  • Mary & Ron Sharp
  • Peggy Sharp
  • Gord Sheehan
  • Deborah Smelko
  • Pat Smyth
  • Diana Spicer
  • Carol Stewart
  • Joan & Gary Stoner
  • Dorothy Thayer
  • Barb Townes
  • Mary Jowett & Armin Weber
  • Sylvia & Harry Winder
  • Daniel Zakaib

Stage Hands

  • Matt & Diana Ardron
  • Laura Atkinson
  • Ann Aubrey
  • Marg Baker
  • Aileen Bruce
  • Liz & Nick Case
  • Bob & Judy Cole
  • Gwyn Cornfield
  • Wendy Coulson
  • Evangeline Croucher
  • Elaine Davison
  • Marg Donaldson
  • Ed Emmerson
  • Pat Fraser
  • Marie Gage
  • Lee Gauthier
  • Dave & Jan Heaven
  • Carol & Wilf Hewitt
  • Catherine Holland
  • Ruth Hunt
  • Melinda James
  • Joan Melnick
  • John Miller
  • Linda Mills
  • Reet Murray
  • Anne Nickson
  • Helen & Tom Regan
  • Lois Rigney
  • Jane Robinson
  • Jerry Rome
  • Lise Sandercock
  • Malcolm Shiner
  • William Solomon
  • Susan Spencer
  • Bob Wing & Jean Toms
  • Ray Vanderburgh
  • Deb Vassiliadis

Donations as of May 31, 2018

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: $50; [ ] Director $100;

[ ] Producer $250; [ ] Executive Producer $500;

[ ] Corporate $1250 +; [ ] Other amount $_______ .

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.