New Member: Ellen Stone

L to R: President Brady Surles, Kay Gresham, Ellen Stone, Rebecca Newton

Please take a moment to say hello and introduce yourself to our new member, Ellen Stone. Thank you to Rebecca Newton for your sponsorship of Ellen.

Here’s some background on Ellen career:

Ellen joined the staff of the Carolina Theatre of Durham in July 2018 as Senior Director of Development.

Ellen has spent over 40 years of in fundraising and event management– regionally, nationally and internationally – during 25 years in sports marketing and, most recently, 14 years as Director of Development at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

While in sports, Ellen worked in professional tennis for 10 years in Washington DC with ProServ directing the 3 annual professional tennis events on the men’s and women’s circuit. She then branched out to multi-sport events including the 1990 Goodwill Games for Turner Broadcasting and the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. She consulted with international sports organizations and events and helped start a national non-profit that integrates able-bodied and disabled people in sports events and programs, World T.E.A.M Sports, before moving back to her hometown of Durham in 2001.

At the North Carolina Museum of Art, Ellen directed a membership and development team that raised critical private funds on an annual basis to supplement state funding as the museum expanded its programs and campus development. In addition, she oversaw the museum’s largest campaign in its history, the $50 million Our Transformation campaign, in conjunction with the building of the West Gallery building in 2010 and Museum Park renovation in 2015. During Ellen’s tenure, the Museum experienced its highest number of members (25K HHs), received its largest planned gift ($9M) and received its largest cash donation ($13M).

Ellen is happy to be helping develop a robust Development program at the Carolina Theatre as Durham experiences an exciting period of growth.

Ellen’s daughter, Anna, is a 2018 graduate of UNC CH and has been enjoying a year in Spain teaching. Ellen’s advocacy work is dedicated to breast cancer prevention via a product she developed, Feel the Difference, that helps remind women to do their monthly breast self-exam.

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