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. 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 up to $100; Producer up to $250; Executive Producer up to $500; Corporate up to $1500 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 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 success of the  2019 season. Thank you  for your support.


  • Curry Chevrolet Buick
  • Dentistry in the Highlands
  • Haliburton TimberMart
  • Highlands Medical Supplies
  • Indigodragonfly
  • McKeck’s Tap & Grill
  • Minden Subaru
  • Parker Pad & Printing
  • Technicalities Plus

Executive Producers

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Graham & Carol Bowker
  • George Legate & Ruth Exon
  • Beth & Brian Kipping
  • Marian J. Langdon


  • Jack & Pat Brezina
  • Bill Gliddon
  • Peter Jensen
  • Charles & Evelyn Simon
  • Suzanne Sovereign
  • Ilsemarie Tarte
  • Paul Zalan


  • Heather Alloway
  • Jim Aston
  • Susan Bardwell
  • Michael Barnes
  • Ruth Benson
  • Victoria Bingham
  • Bruce & Barb Bunker
  • Burton Charitable Foundation
  • Paul & Barb Cameron
  • Neil Campbell
  • Brian Childs
  • Ron & Nerina Clark
  • Lindsey Coates
  • John & Rosalie Cowan
  • Wayne Cox
  • Jean & Warren Currie
  • Curtis Eastmure
  • Susan Ellis
  • Rhonda Elstone
  • Wayne & Barbara Fawcett
  • Jim & Marilyn Frost
  • Mary-Lou Gerstl
  • Margaret Giles
  • Norma Goodger
  • Audrey Grant
  • Eleanor Hall
  • Eleanor M. Hall
  • Joan Hawley
  • Haden R. Heathcock
  • Janet & Paul Heffer
  • Johanna Herzog
  • Bob Heyes
  • Barbara Hodgson-Medd
  • Lynne Horvath
  • Beth Johns
  • Brenda Leis
  • Ken Loney
  • Wayne Lord
  • John Madill
  • John & Val du Manoir
  • Dr. Peter Markle
  • Dawn Martens
  • Gordon Mason
  • Don & Pat Maulson
  • Joan McDonald
  • George McElroy
  • Craig McGuffin
  • James Mclellan
  • Wanda Mole
  • Sally Moore
  • Leighton Morgan
  • Charles Nicholson
  • William Obee
  • Tom & Barbara Parish
  • Sean & Gwen Pennylegion
  • Eva Potter
  • Gene Puritch
  • Dale Rider
  • Lois Rigney
  • William & Haroldine Seli
  • William Seli
  • Judy & John Skinner
  • Chalene Smith
  • Norm & Fran Smith
  • Bill Solomon
  • Kim Stamp
  • Verla & Don Stinson
  • Gary Stoner
  • Bessie Sullivan
  • Sunnyrock Bed & Breakfast
  • Lorraine & Jack Virgin
  • Stella Voisin
  • Wilma & Tanya Warne
  • Wendy Wilkins
  • Sherri Wise
  • David Zilstra


  • Anonymous (2)
  • John Anderson
  • Matt & Diana Ardron
  • Don Ballantyne
  • David Baxter
  • Sandy Bell
  • Joan Bell
  • Barb Bohlin
  • Michelle Bonham
  • Patricia Bradburn
  • Peter & Margaret Brogden
  • Carol & Michael Browne
  • Bettie Campbell
  • Marion Clark
  • Ian Comrie
  • Joan Davies
  • Bill & Mary Forbes
  • Dan Garbutt
  • Jessie & Don Geall
  • Rose Lynn Gervais
  • Mary Greco
  • Christina Hadley
  • Susan Hay
  • Nancy Heinbuch
  • Gary & Pat Hunt
  • Norma Isaacs
  • Donlyn Jackson
  • Randall Linton
  • Carolyn Ludlow
  • Janet MacKay
  • Roberta McCombe
  • Ann McIvor
  • Jacqueline Metcalf
  • John & Ann Meuris
  • Barbara Millington
  • Doris Mitchell
  • Tina Palmer
  • Dave Parrott
  • Sue Pethick
  • Jere Pike
  • Pauline Plooard
  • June Anderson & Bob Riches
  • Mary & Ron Sharp
  • Gord & Susan Sheehan
  • John & Judy Skinner
  • Pat Smyth
  • Diana Spicer
  • Carol Stewart
  • Dorothy Thayer
  • Ray Vanderburgh
  • Cameron & Ruth Walker
  • Maraylene Welch
  • Sylvia & Harry Winder

Stage Hands

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Laura Atkinson
  • Brian & Ann Aubrey
  • Marg Baker
  • Don & Ruth Benson
  • Aileen Bruce
  • D’Arcy Carroll
  • Glen Carter
  • Liz & Nick Case
  • Bob & Judy Cole
  • Gwyn Cornfield
  • Wendy Coulson
  • June Devolin
  • Mary Jane Dillon
  • Marg & Bruce Donaldson
  • Barb Foote
  • Gwynneth Foster
  • Pat Fraser
  • Marie Gage
  • Kathleen Giroux
  • Betty Goard
  • Terri Hawkes
  • Isabelle Heaven
  • Dave Heaven
  • Catherine Holland
  • Ruth Hunt
  • Mary Johnson
  • Joan Melnick
  • Linda Mills
  • Reet Murray
  • Marg O’Shaughnessy
  • Sue Petric
  • Colleen Rafton
  • Jane Robinson
  • Jerry Rome
  • Gwen Scriven
  • Susan Spencer
  • Eleanor Sperrino
  • Ev & Sharon Stata
  • Bob Wing & Jean Toms
  • Barb Townes
  • Marie Watson
  • Mary Jowett & Armin Weber

(Donations as of May 31, 2019)


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 $1500 +; [ ] 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.