Bakers ignite support of new Gulfshore Playhouse campus with second $10 million match pledge
Gulfshore Playhouse recently celebrated the completion of the design process and upcoming groundbreaking in September for the new Gulfshore Playhouse Cultural Campus featuring the Baker Theatre and Education Center. Reaffirming their commitment to the transformative project, Patty and Jay Baker made a surprise announcement at the celebration, pledging to match all gifts made by July 4 up to $10 million. The Bakers, who kicked off the Next Stage Capital Campaign with the first match gift, now have pledged up to $20 million for the new Cultural Campus.
“Jay and I have always believed in laying eggs where we nest, and we nest in Naples. When Kristen shared with us her vision for creating a beautiful new state-of-the-art theater in Naples that would serve our community with professional programming and impactful education initiatives, we stepped up as the first supporters,” said Patty Baker, Gulfshore Playhouse board member, Naples philanthropist and Tony-award-winning producer.