Folly Garden Party

Eat, Drink, & be Jolly for the Folly

Thanks to you we raised over $57,000 for the Folly Theater!

Thanks to all the amazing attendees and sponsors of the 2020 Folly (socially-distanced) Garden Party we managed to raise just over $57,000 toward supporting the Folly as she enters her 120th anniversary!

Guests were met with a picnic basket full of fried chicken, pasta salad, and other picnic fare, along with hand sanitizer and their own #FollyLove mask! It was a fabulous afternoon with masked conversations and socially distanced “cheers” in honor of our late friend C. Stephen Metzler & the Folly Theater.

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The Folly Thanks This Year’s Generous Underwriters & Sponsors

Pete B. Browne & Julie Walker BrowneRichard Keller & Michael GlennonNancy & Phillip Reicher
Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric DentistryJulie & Mike KirkTwin Financial, Inc.
Robert ClaassenLaura & Rueben PerinAnn & Frank Uryasz
Joan HoranMark E. Persson, DDsSara E. Welch
Dan Hubbard & Ron SmithChris Porter & Rorik PetersonThe C. Stephen Metzler & Brian D. Williams Fund

Chris & Tricia BennerShannon Hennessy & Peg PrendergastBill & Peggy LyonsLonnie Shalton & Rita Leifhelm
Scott & Robin Boswell, Commerce Trust CompanyDenise & Tom HolcomRocky Mountain & Bob PaulyCharles Shrout & Kelly Cole
Robert CodyTom & Carol HynekSteve & Kim NelsonMike Sigler & Greg Orborny
Roy CordyBrad JohnsonSue & Lewis NermanDale & Andrea Smith
Jill & Bill CoughlinKay Johnson & Bill KoenigsdorfAlison & Steve PaddockTJ & Willard Snyder
Culver Family FoundationKim Jones & Shelly FreemanLyla & Rory PerrodinRick & Aimee Starks
Dean DachenhausenJolie Justus & Luciana BardwellGreg Porter & James TownsendJo Ann & Bill Sullivan
Kathy & Jim DunnDarren E. Killen, MD & Dustin A. SwartzBill & Ginny ShackelfordGreg Thurman & Don White
Mark & Linda EagletonKnapstein DesignLisa & Charles SchellhornHoang-Anh Tran & Frank Diez
Mark Ensman and Fernando RodriguezJoy & Stewart KoestenSandy Schermerhorn & Martha BoydClyde & Katie Wendel
Pam & Gary GradingerLisa LeonardMichael Seck & Sharon MossmanFrank & Helen Wewers
Neil & Lona HarrisSiobhan McLauglin LesleyMark Seely & Ross HaynesRick & Annie Zander

Every year our Development Director, Brian Williams, hosts the Folly Garden Party in the garden of his historic Hyde Park Home to help raise funds for the Folly Theater’s general operations fund. These funds are used to help pay for the operation and maintenance of the historic theater, book internationally acclaimed artists for the Folly Jazz Series, and much more.

This year’s picnic has a few changes in order to keep our attendees safe and healthy including social distancing, mask requirements (except while eating and drinking), and masks and gloves for all servers.

This year, to reduce to touching of food, all meals will be served in pre-packaged Individual Picnic Baskets. If you are unable to join the group for the socially distanced event, we encourage you to take part in the “Curbside Pick-Up” where we’ll have your meal ready for you to take to your own picnic spot.