The Muny announced today that 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.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Emerson’s Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information, visit Emerson.com.
About The Muny
The Muny’s mission is to enrich lives by producing exceptional musical theatre, accessible to all, while continuing its remarkable tradition in Forest Park. As the nation’s largest outdoor musical theatre, we produce seven world-class musicals each year and welcome over 400,000 theatregoers over our nine-week season. Now celebrating 101 seasons in St. Louis, The Muny remains one of the premier institutions in musical theatre.
For more information about The Muny, visit muny.org.