Beverly and Jock McIlwain: Well-known Gold Coast arts benefactors Beverly and the late Jock McIlWain were the inaugural and continuing sponsors of the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards' Presentation Night.
Sadly, Jock passed away in April 2016. We are honoured that Beverly has generously agreed to continue as Major Sponsor of the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards and of 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.
Over many years the McIlwains 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.
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Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards gratefully acknowledges the support of sponsors of individual Awards:
Arts Centre Gold Coast; Friends of the Arts Centre Gold Coast; Gold Coast Bulletin; Jock & Beverly McIlwain; Mr & Mrs Ian Lake; Stage Whispers magazine; David Spicer Productions; Dracula's Comedy Cabaret Restaurant; Ramada Hotel Ballina.