A group of major donors, plus many more friends and volunteers, helped create Willowbank as a place and an idea in the ten-year period from early 2002 to the end of 2011. They introduced Jazz Festivals and Harvest Moon Balls to bring the estate to life, and to raise operating funds. They launched the School of Restoration Arts and nurtured it through its first five years. They financed the opening of the barn for workshops and the development of classrooms and support facilities in the main house. They watched as the first graduates received their Diplomas in 2009, and saw their careers begin to blossom in the years that followed.
The generosity of these Founding Donors is our lasting legacy.donate now
Thomas Nelson and Mary Bright Urban *
Laura and Jim Dodson
The Urban Family *
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Bluma and Bram Appel Reif Estate Winery
Bonnie and Jim Dawe
Geoffrey and Lorraine Joyner
Carol Wharton and Doug Erickson
Young Canada Works
Queenston Quarry Reclamation Co.
Carol Beckmann and Brad Nixon
Dr. Elizabeth Oliver Malone and Dr. Ralph Malone
Betsy and Julian Smith
Historic Plaster Conservation Services Inc.
The McLean Foundation
The Niagara Foundation
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Dr. Richard Merritt and Nancy Smith
Four Grounds Media
Ron and Betty Ferguson
Rod and Louise Green
Liz and Nick Ikonikov
Nancy and Rainer Hummel
Elizabeth Surtees and David Murray
CICB Wood Gundy
Foster Hewitt Foundation
Ontario Power Generation
RBC Financial Group
Lesley and David Fowler
Eva Kessel and Klaus Reif
Margaret and Robert MacLellan
Andrew M. Stewart
Shelagh Wallace and Robert Bradley~Creek Road Paints
W. Robert Waugh
Laura and Douglas Wolford *
Archaeological Services Inc.
Benjamin Moore Canada
Canadian Tire Financial
Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. Ltd.
MacNaughton, Hermsen, Britton, Clarkson
Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfast Association
Roman Cheese Product
* Gift made possible through The American Friends of Canada, The Weathertop Foundation, The Shaw Festival Foundation and The Willowbank Foundation USA
Substantial in-kind donations were also received during this time from a number of local companies and organizations.