Long-time and valued sponsors of the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards’ Presentation Night are well-known Gold Coast arts benefactors, Beverly and Jock McIlWain.

Over many years the McIlwains have supported many causes on the Gold Coast, and in particular have been staunch supporters of the arts - particularly related to their philanthropic association with the Arts Centre Gold Coast. Jock and Beverly were the movers and shakers behind the Friends of the Arts Centre’s Gift Fund in 2006. The Fund is intended to support talented young people on the Gold Coast who had been unable to reach their full potential through lack of funding. To kick start the fund Beverly and Jock McIlwain made a very generous donation, and followed it the following year with another.

The McIlwains are keen theatre goers and see the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards as an excellent initiative to perpetuate live theatre in the area.

One of the categories judged annually is the Beverly and Jock McIlwain Encouragement Award, awarded to a young person who in the judges’ view has potential to develop into a professional performer.

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Proud Sponsor of the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards

Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards also acknowledges the support of sponsors of individual Awards:
Arts Centre Gold Coast; Friends of the Arts Centre Gold Coast; Gold Coast Bulletin; Gold Coast Theatre Alliance; Jock & Beverly McIlwain; Mr & Mrs Ian Lake; Mr Timothy Carroll; Ramada Hotel Ballina.