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If so, you will want to know that there is now a new way to support the long-term sustainability of the Anchorage Opera. The Anchorage Opera Foundation is a separate and independent 501(c)3 corporation whose sole mission is to support the long-term fiscal health of the Anchorage Opera.

Statement from Anchorage Opera: “It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, Richard Block. It is extremely difficult to imagine Anchorage Opera without Dick; his immense contributions to AO over the decades have not only helped our company grow and thrive but shaped its very core mission, serving on the AO Board from 2005-2013, as its Treasurer from 2005-2008 and as its President from 2008-2010. He and his beloved wife Diane were true patrons of the arts in Anchorage, generously supporting innumerable AO productions through their Richard L. and Diane M. Block Foundation, helping provide housing for guest artists and ensuring a future legacy for our work through the Anchorage Opera Foundation Endowment which he established some years ago. Both in his service and his philanthropy he was a “hard act to follow”. Reed will miss his “Breakfasts with Dick” and our entire AO Family will miss seeing his smiling face in the Dress Circle of our Saturday night performances at the PAC. We are grateful for the time we had with him on this earth. We send our deepest condolences to his entire family at this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing to his loved ones: we are truly blessed to count ourselves among them.”

Read Richard L. Block obituary>>>

ONLINE: To make a gift in memory of  Richard L. Block CLICK HERE

BY MAIL: To make a gift in memory of  Richard L. Block please send a check payable to the Anchorage Opera Foundation (with Permanent Endowment in memory of Richard L Block the memo line) to:
Anchorage Opera
1507 Spar Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

The Anchorage Opera Foundation is seeking major gifts to establish permanent endowments, the principal of which can be restricted in perpetuity.
• A gift of $25,000 is required to initiate a named fund.
• Smaller amounts can be donated to a general endowment and can also be permanently restricted.
• Foundation by-laws ensure that donor wishes are permanently honored.

To explore the possibility of supporting the Anchorage Opera Foundation, please contact Reed Smith. General Director, Anchorage Opera, at

To make an ONLINE contribution CLICK HERE

The Foundation is governed by a Board of up to nine directors, the majority of which are community trustees. The Anchorage Opera Foundation is an appropriate vehicle for planned giving and legacy bequests. Before making a gift, please consult your own financial advisor.

Directors of the Anchorage Opera Foundation:

David Braun President
Shannon Jones Vice President
Deborah Lamb Treasurer / Secretary
Don Endres
Peter House

James Johnston
David Pritchard

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