Donor Stories

Why should you give to The Next Stage Campaign? Here’s why current donors think the $30 million endowment fund is important.


Emerson Climate Technologies

The Next StageAmong the donors to The Next Stage Campaign, VTA is proud to have the support of Emerson Climate Technologies. With headquarters in Sidney, Ohio, Emerson is the world’s leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial, and commercial applications. This global company is at the forefront of HVACR technology innovation. Since 1989, Emerson has sponsored Broadway shows and Star Attraction performances, contributed to VTA’s Annual Fund and special events, purchased tickets to numerous shows and concerts, and hosted company receptions and dinners in our facilities. Emerson has been represented on VTA’s Board of Trustees for over 25 years, with John Rhodes, President, Refrigeration, currently serving as a Trustee.

Emerson’s support of the arts is reflected in their belief that “having a thriving arts community is a key component to the quality of life in the region,” John said. “We encourage programs that support the arts and are committed to our active involvement. We look forward to the continued success of Victoria Theatre Association and are pleased to support such a great outlet of talent. The Next Stage Campaign will help ensure that the legacy of world-class performances in Dayton will continue for years to come.”

In recognition of Emerson’s contribution to VTA and The Next Stage Campaign, we have recently named the meeting space on the 3rd floor of the Schuster Center the Emerson Lounge. We are grateful for the long term relationship VTA has shared with Emerson, and delighted to acknowledge their commitment to the arts in Dayton with the newly named Emerson Lounge.

Pictured are Emerson staff Ken Monnier, Gerry Ulrich, Dilip Sathe, and Rene and Yvette Betance.

State of Ohio

The Next StageVictoria Theatre Association is one of only six organizations from the western Ohio region to be included in the State of Ohio Arts & Culture 2015-2016 Biennium Budget Capital Bill. On the morning of April 27, 2015, local and state officials met with members of Victoria Theatre Association for a tour and an update on projects funded through the State of Ohio grant. Several projects supported by this funding are underway at the Victoria Theatre and the Metropolitan Arts Center, including the installation of upgraded HVAC systems, exterior renovation of the Victoria Theatre to protect the historic structure, and upgrading of fire panels and security systems.

Rick Tangeman

Rick TangemanRick Tangeman has been involved with Victoria Theatre Association since 2010 as a volunteer, donor, and ticket buyer. His parents, also long time volunteers, helped stimulate Rick’s interest in VTA. He recognizes that VTA’s long term economic stability, and the diversity of programs, shows, and cultural influences are a great importance to the Dayton community. When Rick learned about The Next Stage Campaign and saw the need and opportunity to contribute to the future success of VTA, he did not hesitate to offer his support. “Daytonians are so lucky to have the beautiful charm of the Victoria Theatre, the uniqueness of the Loft, and the greatness of the Schuster Performing Arts Center,” he said. “They are all beautiful facilities and need to be maintained.” As a volunteer, Rick enjoys seeing the smile on a patron’s face when he is able to help and feels blessed to support, promote, and foster the goodwill of Victoria Theatre Association.

Frank and Jan Stauble

Frank and Jan StaubleFrank and Jan Stauble have been associated with Victoria Theatre Association for the past 20 years and have served as volunteers for the last three years. They enjoy seeing many quality performances, and giving to The Next Stage Campaign allowed them to show their appreciation. Frank and Jan were glad to donate to VTA because “The Campaign provides a means to maintain these outstanding facilities for future generations.” The Next Stage Campaign will help ensure that their children and grandchildren will have the same opportunities to see performances in quality venues.

Ray Wylam

Ray WylamRay Wylam was among the first VTA volunteers to make a commitment to The Next Stage Campaign. As a volunteer for Victoria Theatre Association for more than 20 years, as well as a Season Ticket Holder and a donor, Ray has truly been immersed in VTA’s culture. He has taken more than 6,000 photos as VTA’s amateur photographer! Ray enjoys helping introduce children to the wonders of live theatre. “Children who have never been in a theater before are easy to spot by the expressions on their faces as they look around in awe,” he said. “Hopefully they will develop a growing interest in live theatre and music.” Ray also recognizes the growing need to keep VTA’s buildings pristine and continually incorporate the latest technology on stage and behind the scenes. His contribution to The Next Stage Campaign will help us guarantee that many more children will experience awe-inspiring performances in VTA’s beautiful facilities for years to come.


Rosie Melia
Manager – Grants & Campaign
937-228-7591, ext. 3044