URBANA – Michael Carragher, a longtime Champaign resident and owner of Michael's Catering, was recently recognized as one of the newest members of the Colwell Society at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for his $100,000 gift to the center.
The gift will help build Krannert Center's endowment resources, the yearly income from which will be used to support the center's public programming. The gift also contributed to the successful matching-funds campaign for the recently awarded $1.125 million Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant.
Carragher attended Champaign Central High School and graduated from Oklahoma State University in the culinary/hotel management program. After a career with Marriott Hotels and Resorts, he returned to Champaign-Urbana in 1984 to establish Michael's Catering, a regional pioneer in high-end catering services that now employs a staff of more than 30.
For the past several years, Carragher has supported Krannert Center as an anonymous donor.
"When I returned to this community, I could see the difference Krannert Center had made in enriching the cultural climate of this entire region," he said in a news release from Krannert. "As a businessman, I understand how important it is for a company to have a solid financial footing, and the Duke Endowment Challenge Match helps assure that financial foundation for future seasons."
Mike Ross, director of Krannert Center, said, "This gift from Michael confirms his legacy of beautiful support for the work of Krannert Center. We are deeply grateful for his passionate and steadfast advocacy through these many years."
Members of Krannert Center's Colwell Society are recognized for endowment gifts in the amount of $100,000 to $499,999. Funds generated by the gifts support performances and engagement activities provided through the Marquee series.
To learn more about supporting programs at Krannert Center, contact Beverly Friese, senior director of development, at 333-4762 or visit www.krannertcenter.com/ support/.