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Encore Society members assure the future of The Gilmore

IN THE ARTS we proclaim “Encore!” as a way of praising something memorable—and to ask for more!

The Gilmore has established a legacy group for donors called the Irving S. Gilmore Encore Society. Members of this group, who are listed below, believe in what we do and want to assure that there will be “more Gilmore” in the future. They have done so by making provisions for future support through their wills, trusts, retirement plans, or other planned gifts.


Unless otherwise designated, bequest gifts are deposited in The Gilmore’s endowment, which provides support in perpetuity. That assured annual revenue helps guarantee that The Gilmore will be able to present “encore” seasons year after year and help strengthen the international careers of deserving pianists.

The Gilmore’s Encore Society is easy to join. You don’t need to send any legal documents or even indicate a dollar amount. If you have already planned a gift or named The Gilmore in your estate plans, you can complete a form online at

For information on how to plan a gift that fits your circumstances, visit or contact Alice Kemerling, assistant director, at 269.342.1166 or

Thank you!

ENCORE SOCIETY MEMBERS (as of September 1, 2018)

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Mary Beth Birch
Tim Bunce and Gail Johnson
Cheryl and Philip Burley
Genevieve Alcott Causse
David G. Dvorak and Karol J. Peterson
Alfred Garcia and Sandra Edwards
Roger Gauntlett
Daniel and Barbara Gustin
Fred and Nan Harrison
Lynn Harrison
Tim Israels and Sylvia Robbins Israels
Judy Jolliffe
Alice and Mike Kemerling
Cynthia and Kevin Kole
Ann Langston
Karen and Terry Lason
Jeffrey Mackie-Mason and Janet Netz
Elizabeth Upjohn Mason
Wanda Pagel Herman and Thomas Pagel
Julie and Keith Peterson
John and Kay Polzin
William and Nancy Richardson
Diane S. Robertson
David and Carol Schmitt
Dewitt and Julie Strong
Charles and Joan Van Zoeren
Robert and Nancy Windsor
David C. Zimmermann

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