Patricia Schaefer has been giving to Starr Commonwealth for so many years even she does not remember the catalyst behind it. “I don’t even remember – it could have been a presentation or a mailing – I’ve just plain forgotten how it all started!” she said on a recent visit.
Pat started her connection to Starr as many others do – with small yearly donations to the annual fund. Regular annual donors are the backbone of the annual fund, which helps support and sustain many of Starr’s long-standing programs. These regular donations have been steady over the past four decades.
Pat’s career was as an audio-visual librarian and library director. Her passions outside the library center around music, education, writing, and the arts. Starting as a librarian and being a personal collector of art glass sculpture, she is a patron and member of many organizations including the Indiana Nature Conservancy, the Ball State Foundation board, the Johns Hopkins Library Advisory board, the Indiana Humanities Council, and her local Community Foundation.
Because of her love for the arts and her dedication to Starr, Pat made the decision to become more closely involved in Starr’s Brueckner Museum, which has housed its fine arts collection and programming for the past 63 years. She has made a 3-year pledge for a gift that helps offset the costs for redevelopment of the building, which is necessary to maintaining the next 100 years of fine arts programs. These plans are under way and we hope to share them soon so that others may become involved in helping upgrade our fine arts programs of the future.
As an important participant as we move forward in the redevelopment of the Brueckner Museum, you can make a gift to Starr or contact the Starr Advancement team at 517.629.5591.