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Van Wezel Foundation Board of Directors


777 N. Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor—Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-5578: FAX (941) 366-0918  

The Mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to create a world-class performing arts center that enriches the community, supports arts education and inspires young minds. 

To make a donation click here or call (941) 366-5578


Jim Travers, Chairman of the Board

Michael Martella, Vice Chair


Gerald Biller, Interim Secretary


Elaine McClure, Interim Treasurer
Michael J. Wilson, Legal Counsel

Cheryl Mendelson, Ex-Officio

Ali Bahaj


Vern Chalfant

Brian D. Ellerson

Mark P. Famiglio

David Koffman

Karl Newkirk

Sharyn Weiner

Mary Bensel, Ex Officio

Marguerite Andrich, CYD Star Student



John Dart
Beatrice Friedman
John Jakes
Carolyn Michel
Michael R. Pender, Jr.
Harvey Rothenberg, Founding Vice Chair


The Board of Directors and staff of the Van Wezel Foundation wish to express our deepest gratitude to the individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations for their generosity in supporting our mission.

For over 30 years, the Van Wezel Foundation has been dedicated to supporting the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s capital needs and its nationally recognized education programs, which reach tens of thousands of students and educators in our region each year. We invite you to join us in our mission and add your name to our inspiring list of supporters.

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