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Donor Newsletter

May/June 2012 Proud, Prouder, Proudest: GMC takes on 3 PRIDE events

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Pride Preview Director’s Note Dining Out for Life Cabaret Risque Wine Lounge Exciting New FUN-Raiser In Memoriam A Year in Review Board Member Focus Donor Recognition Our Sponsors

By Bobby Davis, Singing Member PRIDE is not just an LGBT Parade and weekend of events during the weekend of June 23- 24. GMC will also be singing at the first-ever St. Louis Fringe Festival on Monday, June 2, and we will also open the pride festivities for Metro East PrideFest on June 16." GMC will perform at the 5th Annual Metro East PrideFest of Southern Illinois on Saturday, June 16, at noon at Club Escapade. That's quite a challenge when you realize that our first performance of our summer concert, “ExtrABBAganza,” is the night before and the final performance will be later that evening. When it is time for the Pride Festival to come west of the river, the Gateway Men’s Chorus will join CHARIS, the women’s chorus, at the Monster Star Tent on Sunday, June 24, at 5-6 p.m. for the performance of the songs we will bring to GALA Festival in Denver, CO in June. Finally, we will end our Pride Festival activities with the closing ceremony to the first annual St. Lou Fringe Festival. Along with the women’s choral group CHARIS, we will be singing at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at PLUSH at 3224 Locust Street. The songs we'll be performing are from our upcoming performance at the GALA Festival July 7-11, 2012 “Nothing says pride as clearly as a group of gay men singing, sounding our barbaric yawp,” said Al Fischer, artistic director of GMC. “Nothing speaks unity across our community than gay men and women singing together with one voice.”

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Director Notes… We have come to the final concert in our 25th season schedule. I have mixed feelings about this final concert; on one hand, I have been excited for this concert since I joined the Chorus in October, on the other hand, it marks the end of a season filled with honors, and celebration. Since joining the Chorus, I have been blessed with the new friends I have made in the chorus and on the board. I have been given the opportunity to reach out on behalf of the Chorus and make new connections and relationships that will help to ensure GMC will continue long into the future. Next season planning is underway and promises to build on the upward momentum brought on by the work of the board, staff, and members this year. Amazing shows, new education initiatives, and enhanced member benefits will be rolled out. The first part of our education initiative, GMC has introduced program notes, which from now on, will provide information on the music and artists being performed, as well as correlating history of the LGBT movement and culture. It is our hope to connect the music choices to our history in a fun and educational way to continue to tell our story to future generations.

Peace, Joy, & Love to You,

Wendy Markum

Dining Out For Life Written by Wendy Markum, Managing Director

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On April 26th over 100 local restaurants offered 25%-100% of their food and drink receipts to support St. Louis Effort for Aids as part of Dining Out for Life. The Gateway Men’s Chorus was proud to host at SqWires Restaurant in Lafayette Square. SqWires generously donated 50% of the receipts for the entire lunch and evening. The GMC crew arrived at 5:00pm and greeted guests with information on the event and chances to win cash and prizes from both Mastercard and the Gateway Men’s Chorus. The restaurant was packed the entire evening with chorus members, family, friends, neighbors, and the occasional patron who was pleasantly surprised to find out their meal plans were contributi ng to a Doug Bernier, Board Member models one of the GMC aprons. great cause. According to EFA staff, this DOFL brought in an estimated total of $109,000

Volunteer Vic Burnhart, Managing Director Wendy Markum, and Vice-President Paul Acker dressed up to work the event.

Cabaret Risqué: An Unforgettable Night Celebrating the Gateway Men’s Chorus By Ken Haller, Singing Member One of the challenges for any non-profit, community-based arts organization like the Gateway Men’s Chorus is fundraising. While we do charge admission for our concerts, that only covers about half of the GMC’s expenses. The challenge, of course, is to come up with fund-raisers that are, well, fun. Cabaret Risqué, suggested the theme of the evening: “Love that lasts a lifetime… or just one night!” Musically, of course, this is fertile ground, and the singers eagerly came up with lots of songs to address the topic. For those unfamiliar with cabaret: It’s NOT Liza in a bowler hat and fishnets, and it really is not about just singing songs that you like or that sound good in your voice. It IS about singing a song because you HAVE to sing that song and bringing something unique and personal to it. By creating a “movie in your mind” for each song, the audience can see that the singer has a connection to the song – which can be funny, sad, angry, or anything – and that allows the audience to make their own emotional connection to the song. Al Fischer, the GMC’s Artistic Director, is well-versed in the art of cabaret. He has attended the St. Louis Cabaret Conference, considered to be one of the top-tier cabaret training workshops in the country with nationally-renowned faculty. We came up with a wish list of singers in the area, and we were thrilled when each of them who did not have other conflicts said “Yes” and agreed to donate their time and talent. All of the singers in this show had also attended at least one St. Louis Cabaret Conference, and each of these singers had done a full one-person, professionally-directed show with a Music Director. Above all, these are serious cabaret artists, the Midwest Cream of the Crop as far as cabaret goes. My cabaret colleagues, Robert Breig, Alice Kinsella, Kay Love, Katie McGrath, Tim Schall, Deborah Sharn, Jeffrey M. Wright, were really excited about doing something to support the Gateway Men’s Chorus. They know how unique and important the GMC is to the St. Louis community, and they brought their A-game to the evening. And then there were the GMC volunteers. During the entire day and through the evening, 20+ GMC members worked tirelessly to set up the space, work the Silent Auction, and serve drinks and snacks so that the audience could enjoy the show in comfort. GMC member, Michael Stortz, primped tables, arranging flowers, and dressed the stage to make the fourth floor Ballroom of the Centene Center into the St. Louis version of The Rainbow Room. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this sold out event such a rousing success. We are excited to be able to announce that this will become an annual affair! Ken Haller has been a singer with the Gateway Men’s Chorus since 1990 and was GMC Board President from 1998-2002. His acclaimed cabaret show, Song by Song by Sondheim, has played multiple sold out performances in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York. His new show, The TV Show! Songs from the Tube, premieres Friday & Saturday, June 1-2, at 8:00 PM, at the Kranzberg Arts Center, with Al Fischer as Music Director. Tickets and information at

Raising Our Glass. By Wendy Markum, Managing Director The members of our “Conductor’s Circle” can now enjoy a pre-show drink as well as during intermission. The RD committee is happy to expand the Wine Lounge to pre-show as well as during intermission. Conductor’s Circle donors and their guests can visit the lounge from 7:15-7:50 pre-show and during intermission for complimentary wine and treats. For shows taking place at the Edison Theatre, the wine lounge is located in the lobby of the balcony level. For performances at the 560 Music Center, the lounge is located in the conference room just left of the entry. In order to enter the lounge, Conductor's Circle members will need to present their member card. If you need a replacement card, please contact the managing director at For details on becoming a member of the Conductor’s Circle, see the individual giving brochures available at all GMC events and online on our website.

A FAN-tabulous Fling! By Wendy Markum, Managing Director

The Gateway Men’s Chorus is excited to announce a unique new event to kick off our 26th season. The FAN-tabulous Fling is part scavenger hunt, part road rally. Teams (up to five people per car) will embark on a three-hour hunt through the City of St. Louis completing wacky photo challenges. As each challenge is completed, the teams will upload their pictures to a special site, and the images will be retrieved in real-time by the judging panel. Points are awarded for the completion of the challenge as well as creativity of the photo. This timed event will begin and end at the Centene Center for Arts and Education, in the heart of Grand Center, and will feature a kickoff party, and awards reception with complimentary food and drink. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top two teams and prizes for most spirited, best single submission, and several others. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be an evening full of adventures, laughs, and great fun, all for a “Fantabulous” cause!

Save the Date September 22, 2012 Event Schedule Ÿ 5:00pm-5:30pm Team Check-in (Centene Center) Ÿ 5:30pm Greetings, Rule Announcements, prop box Ÿ 6:00pm Race begins Ÿ 9:00pm Check-in (Centene Center) Ÿ 9:00-10:30pm Team Reception & Awards

Cost to Participate $125 per car pre-registered or $150 per car day-of-race Requirements Ÿ Each team being required to have a digital camera/phone with ability to upload photos instantly. Ÿ Each team will need their own car and driver. Ÿ 21 and older event, participants will be carded at registration. Ÿ GMC does not condone drinking and driving, so no alcohol will be served before the hunt. Alcohol will be served at the awards reception. Ÿ All participants will be required to sign liability release form. Online Registration beginning PRIDE weekend at

Celebrate the Legacy of GMC by Honoring Someone Special Consider making a charitable donation to GMC, in memory of a loved one no longer with us, or in celebration of someone making the world a better place today. All tribute contributions will be listed on a special page in our concert programs for the entire year. Include your special someone in the celebration marking 25 years of the Gateway Men's Chorus contributions to the LGBT community in St. Louis and beyond.

IN MEMORY OF Mrs. Doreen Baker Given by Ms. Wendy Markum Alvin A. Erdman father of A. Erdman Given by Mr. Al Becker Mary Therese Haller Given by Ms. Carolyn Bower Ms. Patricia Corrigan Mr. George Durnell Ms. Deborah Dalay Ms. Karen Schneider Rhea Jacobs Given by Mr. Brian Edmiston Seymour (Cy) Jaffee Given by Ms. Marge Degnon Mr. James W. Hicks III Mr. David Keller Ms. Wendy Reid Mr. William Wibbing Frederick Perry Given by Ms. Claire Condon Ms. Mary Pevra Mr. Rhodes Schroeder Mr. Steven Whiting Mr. Dick Woodhouse David Sutherland Given by Mr. Gary Friedrich Mr. & Mrs. Paul Sutherland Mr. Steve Schneider Given by Ms. Maureen T. Smith Mr. Jerry Woods

IN HONOR OF Michael S. Alley Given by Mr. John T. Hyland John Brancaglione & William Clugsten Ms. Jean Smith The Marriage of: Al Fischer & Charlie Robin Rhona Lyons &David Warren. David Voracek Given by Ms. Susan King John Scholz Given by Mr. Frederick L. Perry Stephen Phelps Given by Comm Service PR Council

A Year in Review By Lawrence T. Miskel II, Board President Gateway Men’s Chous has had a thrilling year as we’ve celebrated 25 years in the making, and we look forward to continue building the momentum in years to come. Our current season has brought many accomplishments, successes, and visibility in the community. The addition of Al Fischer, Artistic Director, and Wendy Markum, Managing Director, has positively impacted the organization this year with the wealth of their knowledge and skills. GMC was also recognized throughout the year by Mayor Francis Slay, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen, GALA Choruses, and Chorus America. On May 3, 2012, GMC received a What’s Right With the Region! Award from FOCUS St. Louis in the category of Improving Racial Equality and Social Justice. You may have also seen our new and improved website ( You’ll find out about the latest GMC events, and of course, you can buy your tickets for the 2012-2013 season. Although GMC performs concerts three weekends each year during its season, we love to perform at public events as part of our community engagement program to further spread our mission and become more visible within the St. Louis metropolitan region. Some of the events and places at which GMC performed (or will perform) this year include: GroveFest, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Macy's Pride Celebration, the first-ever St. Louis Fringe Festival, the Central and Southern Region International Public Management Association for Human Resources Conference, Out at the Ballpark at Busch Stadium, St. Louis City Hall for the Board of Aldermen, CHARIS’ performance in May 2012, and One St. Louis. We look forward to seeing you at the next show as we wrap up our 25th season, and prepare for our next season!

Board Member Focus Board Role: Vice President Name: Paul Acker Hometown: Magnolia, Arkansas High School: Phillips Exeter Academy College: University of Arkansas Occupation: Executive Management, Express Scripts, Inc. Family: Partner Emery Gloe, mother Cecile Acker of Germantown, TN, and miniature schnauzers Grayson and Reese. Hobbies: Gardening, Reading, Traveling Leadership Goals: Development of solid and sustainable structure around mission and values. Best thing about GMC: Meeting amazing and talented people; witnessing the impact the GMC voice has on our community and region Years with GMC: One

Thank You to Our Generous 25th Season Donors The Gateway Men’s Chorus sincerely thanks the following donors for their generous support from January 30, 2011 thru May 5, 2012

"CONDUCTOR'S CIRCLE" Donors "LEGACY" Donors Bequests $25,000 + Mr. Robert Stock

Visionary Level $5,000 + Mr. John W. Brancaglione and Mr. William Clugsten Dr. Kenneth Haller Dr. John Sweet and Mr. John Forti

Impresario Level $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. Paul Acker

Maestro Level $1,000 - $2,499 Mr. John T Adams Dr. Patrick Dawson Mr. Al Fischer and Mr. Charlie Robin Dr. and Mrs. William Houck Mr. Alex LeClaire and Mr. David Roell Drs. David Jaffe and David Lewis Mr. Jason Johnston Mr. Ken and Mrs. Nancy Kranzberg Mr. Aelred Rosser Mrs. Genevieve Steidtmann

"FRIENDS OF NOTE" Donors Whole Note Level $500 - $999 Anonymous

Mr. David Montgomery

Quarter Note Level $100 - $249 Mr. Mike Asbury

Mr. John Overall

Mr. David Bates

Ms. Mary Peura

Mr. Jason Brown

Mr. Donald Posegate II & Mr. Mark Silvermintz

Hon. Shane Cohn

Mr. Thomas W. Rich

Ms. Marge Degnon

Mr. Don J. Riehn & Mr. Jon Goeders

Mr. Robert Eilers

Mr. John Sabourin

Mr. Steven Goldberg & Mr. JD Brooks

Mr. Ryan Shaughnessy

Mr. Colin Keller

Rev. Betty L. Shirley & Linda L. Mudd

Ms. Jane Knapp

Ms. Jean Smith

Mr. Neil S. Koplitz

Mr. James Tomlinson

Ms. Barbara Levin

Mr. James Wattles

Mr. Charles J. Metz

Mr. Jerry Woods

Eighth Note Level $25 - $99 Anonymous (2)

Ms. Judith Hodge

Mr. Edward Adams

Mr. Wayne and Mrs. Cheri Jones

Mr. Brian Adkisson

Mr. David Keller

Mr. Albert Becker

Mrs. Debra Knox-Deiermann

Mr. Don Bergman & Mr. Willie J. Meadows

Mr. Howard and Mrs. Penny Miller

Mr. Michael Brown

Mr. Craig Monson

Mr. Bruce Carvell

Dr. Robert Packman MD

Mr. Kevin Donze

Mr. Joe Nelson & Mr. John Goad

Ms. Clare Condon

Mr. Todd Petitt

Mr. Michael Franzoni

Mr. Matthew Palmer

Mr. Gerald Dennon

Mr. Ted Pino

Mr. Sean Dwyer

Ms. Wendy Reid

Mr. Brian Edminton

Mr. Jay Reiter and Mr. Richard Charow

Ms. Anne Elixhauser & Mr. William Hayden

Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Ruddy

Mrs. Caron and Mr. Floyd Farmer

Mr. Michael Saxvik

Mr. Tim Farmer

Mrs. Naomi and Mr. Saul Silvermintz

Mr. Jon Flinn

Ms. Maureen Smith

Ms. Susan Hardebeck

Ms. Toni L. Smith

Mrs. Janette Hart

Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Laura Stefacek

Ms. Jamie Heil

Ms. Nancy Tonkins

Mr. Andrew Hernandez & Mr. Michael Dorn

Ms. Jeane Vogel

Mr. Gordon Herzog

Ms. Patricia Vogelsang & Mr. Donald W. Jones

Mr. James Hicks III

Mr. William Wibbing

Ms. Dee Hodge and Ms. Ann Petlin

Mr. Joseph Wuller

Mr. Matt Houck

Mrs. Mary Strauss

Mr. Lawrence T. Miskel & Mr. Ryan Barker

Mr. Paul and Mrs. Sue Sutherland

Half Note Level $250 - $499 Mr. Ken & Ms. Paulette Barker

Mr. John Hamblin & Mr. Jim Chamberlain

Mr. Doug Bernier

Mr. Brian Hintersher

Mr. Michael Brave & Mr. Jacob Fuller

Ms. Wendy Markum & Ms. Jayne Scanlan

Mr. Bryan Buck

Mr. Franklin McCallie

Mr. Darren Chapman & Mr. David Watson

Mr. Danny Owen

Mr. Casey Davison

Mr. Bill Rintz

Mr. Phillip Eibeck

Mr. William Roth

Mr. Robert Eilers

Mr. Paul Simpkins

Mr. Allan Erdman

Mr. Carl Train

Mr. Gary & Mrs. Janice Friedrich

Mr. Richard Woodhouse

Thank You to our Corporate & Foundation Donors

Friends of Note Newsletter June 2012  

The Gateway Men's Chorus bi-monthly donor newsletter. Features information about performances, community outreach, and current donors.

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