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July 23, 2024

Sid and Karen DeBoer donate $250K to Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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August 8, 2023

Couple challenges others to donate ‘to bring positive change to OSF’

Ashland.news staff report

Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Tuesday announced a recent donation of $250,000 by Sid and Karen DeBoer.

The longtime Ashland couple is challenging other donors, past and present, to join them in helping the Ashland-based theater. The DeBoers told OSF they are excited about the direction of OSF under new leadership, incoming Artistic Director Tim Bond and interim Executive Director Tyler Hokama.

“The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is not just a world-class theater experience, it is a child of Ashland, born and bred here,” said Sid DeBoer, in a statement released via OSF. “It is part of the fabric of our town and a key component of our economy in the region. We are so excited about the recent additions in leadership and the future. We are excited about what is happening and looking forward to the 2024 season. We encourage all supporters who are able to join us in our efforts to bring positive change to OSF and encourage everyone to come and experience world-class theater again.” 

The DeBoers were unavailable Tuesday for additional comment.

As previously reported by Ashland.news, OSF has met two fundraising campaign goals that launched in April and June, the first for $2.5 million, and the second for an additional $7.3 million for a total of $9.8 million.

Reach Ashland.news reporter Holly Dillemuth at hollyd@ashland.news.

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