Two New Major Corporate Gifts and Phase 2 Philanthropy Update Announced
September 8, 2015 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced today two major corporate gifts. Tupperware Brands and Ravago Americas are both contributing $1 million on top of previous gifts. Naming rights were given to both companies with their initial gifts -- the Tupperware Brands Lobby is situated at the stage door lobby that welcomes artists, students and people doing business at the arts center. The Ravago Terrace Bar on Tier Three features a view of the Seneff Arts Plaza and the DeVos Family Room.
“At Tupperware Brands we are committed to positively impacting and serving our communities,” said Tom Roehlk, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary at Tupperware Brands, “We hope that our participation in the Dr. Phillips Center’s vision to bring Arts for Every Life in Central Florida will challenge other corporations to support this great mission.”
The Corporate Hospitality Suite will be named for Tupperware Brands as a result of this additional gift of $1 million. The Tupperware Brands Corporate Hospitality Suite will host companies that have purchased a Dr. Phillips Center Corporate Hospitality Package that allows business leaders to bring guests and clients to the arts center for performances with special use of the suite for pre-show and intermission.
Also a longtime supporter of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Ravago Americas’ joint commitment will further the completion efforts of Phase 2. “We are pleased to lend the support of our company to the Dr. Phillips Center’s purpose to create a cultural hub for our families and visitors to Central Florida,” said Ron Nardozzi, EVP & Chief Financial Officer Ravago Americas. “We hope to inspire the other companies who live, work and play here in Central Florida to support the arts center.”
“The opening of the first phase of the Dr. Phillips Center was the culmination of decades of dreaming, planning and hard work. Phase 2 will fulfill the vision and the commitment of every person who has contributed,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center. “We are grateful to Ravago and Tupperware for their continued support.”
Phase 2 consists of the 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall that will join the existing 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater and the 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater already in operations since the Dr. Phillips Center opened in November 2014. In addition to the acoustical theater, Phase 2 will complete the Seneff Arts Plaza, add rehearsal, classroom and office space.
The timetable calls for completing fundraising in 2016 with a projected ground breaking in spring of 2016 and opening in 2019. Construction drawings have been submitted to the City of Orlando’s permitting office. Preliminary cost estimates are expected in October and final cost estimates will be completed after a construction manager is selected in the fall. The current projected cost of Phase 2 is $177 million and approximately $35 million is left to raise toward the completion of the project. More than $153 million in private philanthropy has been raised for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project.
About Tupperware Brands
Tupperware Brands Corporation is the leading global marketer of innovative, premium products across multiple brands utilizing a relationship-based selling method through an independent sales force of 2.9 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products through the Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.
About Ravago Americas
The Ravago Group is the global leader in the distribution, resale and compounding of commodity, engineering and specialty plastic and rubber polymers. At Ravago we define our mission as a sustainable service. We provide a superior distribution, resale, compounding and recycling service for plastic and elastomeric raw materials. The quality of service to our customers is reliable and technically proficient. Ravago conducts this business ethically in a spirit of partnership with our suppliers and stewardship with our staff.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization operating the new state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts For Every Life® by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of Arts & Wellness, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion plans include a 1,700-seat Acoustical theater, rehearsal room and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information please visit drphillipscenter.org.