Chaired by Michael & Susan Scully

Small Orchestra. Big Sound. Huge Night.

It’s a big world out there. Gigantic, really. But imagine a celebration that’s even bigger – a night where arts are without borders and dreams are beckoned in, with a small orchestra at the center of it all. Come experience the magic of Pink Martini, the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon, and a night like no other. Let’s have a ball.

Join us for this very special evening honoring founding Sheldon supporters Sue and Irl Engelhardt and the Engelhardt Family Foundation, featuring the international sounds of Pink Martini. Performing in 25 languages, Pink Martini combines jazz, classical and old-fashioned pop for a sophisticated, fun-filled musical adventure!

Now in their 28th year of performing, Pink Martini was founded by bandleader/pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale in 1994 to provide beautiful and inclusive performances at fundraisers and galas for progressive causes, with a style inspired by Latin, big band, classical and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Lauderdale’s friend from their time at Harvard, China Forbes, soon moved to Portland to become lead singer, and they released their landmark album Sympathique in 1997. Soon this “little orchestra” was touring the globe with a dozen or more musicians, singing their culturally inclusive music in over 20 languages, and performing at legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl. The band has released nine studio albums and numerous side projects on its own label, Heinz Records, and is proud to call Oregon home.

Proceeds from this very special night benefit the concerts, gallery exhibitions and educational programs of The Sheldon.

Gala Patron tickets and sponsorships include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, valet parking, preferred concert seating, a tax deduction and recognition.

Silver Individual:  $500
1 Gala ticket and a $345 tax deduction

Gold Individual:  $800
1 Gala ticket and a $645 tax deduction

Diamond Individual:  $1,000
1 Gala ticket and a $845 tax deduction

Platinum Individual:  $2,500
1 Gala ticket and a $2,345 tax deduction

Event Sponsorships:

Supporter:  $5,000
10 Gala tickets and a $3,450 tax deduction

Benefactor:  $10,000
10 Gala tickets and a $8,450 tax deduction

Producer:  $25,000
20 Gala tickets and a $21,900 tax deduction

Underwriter:  $50,000
30 Gala tickets and a $45,350 tax deduction

Specialty Sponsorships:

Performance Sponsor: $30,000 (exclusive)
Directly supports the artist fee
Extra signage in Concert Hall lobby
Backstage photo access with performers (with artist permission) following the show
20 Gala tickets
$26,000 tax deduction

Dinner Sponsor: $20,000 (exclusive)
Directly supports dinner expenses
Logo recognition in the dinner menu
20 Gala tickets
$16,000 tax deduction

Cocktail Sponsor: Trivers

Valet Sponsor: $5,000 (exclusive)
Directly supports valet parking
Additional signage at the Emerson Entrance
10 Gala tickets
$3,000 tax deduction

Centerpiece Sponsor: $5,000 (exclusive)
Directly supports centerpiece decorations
Additional signage in the Konneker Room during dinner service
10 Gala tickets
$3,000 tax deduction

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Through the generous support of long-time benefactors Sue and Irl Engelhardt and the Engelhardt Family Foundation, The Sheldon has become a beacon for creativity in the St. Louis region, attracting arts of the highest caliber to its stage and gallery spaces.

For the last 28 years, the Engelhardts have been an indelible part of The Sheldon’s story. Joining the board of directors in 1994, Sue’s passion for the arts and her knack for leadership became clear immediately. From 1997-1999, Sue acted as the second board chair of the Sheldon Arts Foundation, guiding The Sheldon through its early years. A longtime advocate for arts education, Sue was instrumental in the founding of Sheldon Education Programs, which now serve over 70,000 area students each year.

Sue led The Sheldon’s most recent capital campaign, from 2014-2018, to fund Steward Family Plaza on the west side of The Sheldon. Its striking centerpiece, the vertical garden, will stand as a reminder of the Engelhardt’s dedication and generosity for years to come.


Steward Family Foundation

Engelhardt Family Foundation
Paradowski Creative

Edward Jones
PNC Bank

Advertisers Printing
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
David and Barbara Gifford
Ted and Lori Samuels
Mark Stuart-Smith and Andrew Jorgenson

Cocktail Sponsor:

Centerpiece Sponsor:
Lewis Rice