The Van Wezel Foundation’s philanthropic purpose has deep roots in the rich cultural history of Sarasota. In 1987, we entered a cultural partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall through its owner, the City of Sarasota. The Hall has served as a beloved performing arts center for over half a century – a home to international creative experiences and a springboard for the Foundation’s educational collaborations.
Now, the Foundation is leading our community into a new era, creating and developing the vision for a contemporary performing arts model of national significance for Sarasota. The venue will be a magnet destination for generations, with the potential to advance education and enrich communities across the state and country.
The mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts.
VAN WEZEL FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020 – 2021
Van Wezel Foundation Board Leadership:
Jenne K. Britell
Board Vice-Chair & Chair of Strategic Planning Committee*
Board Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee*
Van Wezel Foundation Board Members:
Chair of Governance Committee*
Gerald L. Biller
Mark P. Famiglio
Dr. Jaih Jackson
Dr. John Maupin
Chair of Arts Education & Community Engagement Committee*
Van Wezel Foundation Ex Officio Board Members:
Executive Director, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
CEO, Van Wezel Foundation
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
John M. Dart
Michael R. Pender, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Sasha Hausman, CFRE
Director of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships
Suzanne Hudson-Smith, CFRE
Associate Director of Leadership Gifts
Associate Director of Institutional Giving
Annual Giving and Stewardship Manager
Executive Assistant and Board Administration Manager
Marketing and Communications Specialist