An astonishingly generous legacy gift will allow Ten Thousand Things to establish The Melanie Haddox Artist Core Fund. Melanie died this past summer, leaving $100,000 to TTT. With the blessings of her family, we will invest in our Artist Core, a diverse and opinionated group of 16 experienced actors whom we ask to come up with creative projects that will help us deepen and strengthen our relationships with our many nontraditional audiences.
By all accounts, Melanie was an astonishingly generous person. Her family and friends describe her as kind, selfless, genuine, and witty, and, her sister Janet Grones said, a person who “used her gift of life with a sense of adventure and enthusiasm. There was always something new and interesting right around the corner that had to be investigated and enjoyed.”
Melanie contributed to many charitable and non-profit organizations during her lifetime, and now has made legacy gifts to TTT as well as to St. Stephen’s Human Services to support a shelter fund for homeless women in their 50s and 60s and to Penumbra Theatre to support student scholarships to the company’s summer artist institute.
Approximately $80,000 of Melanie’s bequest to TTT will go to the Artist Core, with the other $20,000 placed in the reserve fund to help TTT take creative risks. We are so grateful to Melanie and her family, as both our Artist Core work and a reserve fund are core to our organization’s health and impact.