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$788,725 Amount raised
4,167 Gifts received

Seats 4 Kids for Sensory-Friendly Performances Fund

Do you remember your first time at a theatre? There is an energy in the crowd as you anticipate the curtain rising! It is a magical moment.

Moments like this can feel very different for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities. They struggle in their response to lights, sound, and action. Individuals on the spectrum and their families often avoid theatre experiences for fear of judgment and disturbance.

In response, Wharton Center now offers sensory-friendly performances. These select shows provide a welcoming environment for people with ASD and their families, including features such as lower sound levels, the elimination of startling special effects and lighting, trained volunteers and professionals on hand, and more accommodations.

Give the magic of theatre to children with ASD and their families. Your gift today will provide scholarship tickets to children and families to be able to attend sensory-friendly performances free of cost. Give a gift that can change a life, a family, and a community!

Give to Wharton Center’s Seats 4 Kids Fund and help bring children and their families to sensory-friendly performances!

Many families face significant financial challenges when they have a child with ASD due to the cost of care. Your gift to the Seats 4 Kids Scholarship Fund for Sensory-Friendly Performances will give families the chance to attend these performances free of cost! A gift of $250 will bring a classroom to the sensory-friendly performance of The Magic School Bus. In recognition, your gift of $100 or more is recognized in Wharton Center’s program book throughout the season. Every gift matters!

199% Funded

$5,970 Raised

$3,000 Goal

Challenge Money Awarded

  • Goal Reached
    $1,000.00

Donor Honor Roll

$ 1:1 match by Give Green Day sponsor $$ 2:1 match by Give Green Day sponsor

  • Britany Benson
    $50.00
  • Mary Schuon
    $10.00
  • Karen Grannemann
    $50.00
  • Margarette Cafagna
    $20.00
  • Linda Arens
    $1,000.00
  • Peggy Lux
    $100.00
  • Sheila Moore
    $150.00
  • Kelly Munzenberger
    $15.00
  • Kathleen Snyder
    $25.00
  • Christine Brogan
    $100.00
  • Catherine Lazar
    $25.00
  • Anonymous
    $1,000.00
  • Ana Whitman
    $25.00
  • Wharton Center Inner Circle Volunteers
    $500.00
  • Michelle Massey
    $150.00
  • Eva Evans
    $100.00
  • Samantha Bailey
    $25.00
  • April Clobes
    $250.00
  • Ryan Clute
    $25.00
  • Jean Aben
    $50.00
  • Roslyn James
    $25.00
  • Evelyn Jackson
    $200.00
  • Elizabeth Hoger
    $50.00
  • Jay Smith
    $50.00
  • Shubha Kashyap
    $25.00
  • Kathryn Hamilton
    $50.00
  • Rachel Karl
    $50.00
  • Tammara Wenzel
    $100.00
  • Kelly Stuible-Clark
    $25.00
  • Anonymous
    $10.00
  • Michael Brand
    $150.00
  • Nathan Maas
    $250.00
  • Thomas Block-Easterday
    $100.00
  • Scott Golde
    $300.00
  • Randall Fields
    $20.00
  • Mayette Hicks
    $100.00
  • Steven Vagnozzi
    $25.00
  • Elizabeth Thomas
    $20.00
  • Sandra Brown
    $25.00
  • Lisa Rentz
    $40.00
  • Robin Miner-Swartz
    $50.00
  • Renee Swanson
    $25.00
  • Douglas Miller
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $100.00
  • Lynne Devereaux
    $100.00
  • Larry Coates
    $250.00
  • Amy Basel
    $50.00
  • Kristen Calabrese
    $25.00
  • Jarrod Bradford
    $35.00