Becky and Brad Todd have been attending and supporting The Dallas Opera since 1966. Becky was born and reared in Dallas and fondly remembers arriving at Fair Park in the fifth grade with her sister and mother to see TDO's premiere production of Rigoletto.
Brad grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and moved to Dallas in 1974 from Chicago. He recalls being skeptical when attending his first TDO performance and instead being "blown away with the quality of singing and production" of Manon Lescaut.
One of Becky's most memorable Dallas Opera moments was sitting in the orchestra near the stage for the first time in her early 20s. "Being able to see the facial expressions, make-up and real emotions of the singers and cast made it an extremely personal experience. It was a game changer for me."
Becky and Brad have supported TDO since the early 1970s and joined the Inner Circle in 2005. They are members of the Opera's Orpheus Legacy Society along with farsighted individuals who believe that making an estate gift is one of the best ways to ensure the future of great opera in Dallas.
When asked why making a planned gift is important, they shared, "It is essential for every citizen in Dallas to experience something beautiful. We set up a donor advised fund to give, in perpetuity, money for The Dallas Opera's annual fund and operating expenses. This is the hardest money to raise and yet, the most important. Our priority is paying musician salaries and pensions and keeping the lights on in the opera house."
Whether you give to a donor advised fund for the Opera's future endowment or current operating funds, your gift makes a difference. To learn more about using a tax-wise donor advised fund and joining the Todds in supporting The Dallas Opera today and tomorrow, contact Elisabeth Galley at email@example.com or 214.443.1057.