The Founder’s Circle – Join our Inner Circle of Philanthropy

founders 5The Founder’s Circle was formed in 2014 in memory of the two dedicated women who founded Open Door Animal Sanctuary in 1975 – Joan Costello-Oetting and Carol Perkins. Their vision of giving every animal that comes to Open Door a second chance at life is to this day our guiding principle for the sanctuary. We will forever be grateful for their dedication and determination to give hope to all creatures, great and small.

The Founder’s Circle honors those who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. This group of distinguished donors support Open Door’s mission with their extraordinary charitable gifts and are considered part of our inner circle of philanthropy.

Open Door recognizes members of the Founder’s Circle each year in the Honor Roll of Donors published in our newsletter, on our website, and at the annual Founder’s Circle Appreciation Dinner. Members are also recognized for their annual giving on the Founder’s Circle Wall of Honor located in our adoption center.

Please contact our Director of Development at for more information.

2017 Members

4-Legged Kids, Inc.

Alliance Credit Union

Susan and Brian Andrew

Matthew and Casey Arnold

Athletes for Animals

Auxiliary Board

Brian Baker

Mary G. Bard

Mike and Cathy Bateman

Randy and Billie Jean Benz

William Blair

Carolyn Bopp

Wendy and Les Borowsky

Stephan Bradbury and Elizabeth Hawk

Brice and Debby Breeden

Carol House Furniture


Ning-Yuan Chang

Ruth Shirley Chase

Robert Checkley

DaVita Dialysis

Brook Dubman

Laurel Ebling Trust

Gini and Vern Epstien

Kathryn G. Favre Charitable Foundation

Charles and Kathleen Freeman

Edward Chase Garvey Foundation


Keith and Pat Good

Chris Haire

William W. and Betty Halliday Foundation

Dupree and Margaret Heard

Martha Harbaugh

Geraldine Hufker and Celeste Ruwwe

Illinois Tool Works Foundation

Amanda and Kendall Itoku

Richard and Lesa Johnson

Robert E. Jones Foundation

Courtney Keefe

Shannon Kellenberger

Edward Kelley Trust

Ann and Don Kelley

Bronwyn & Georgia King

Kristina Kozlowski and Julian Jacquin

Doris M. Layman

Mark Leifield and Lynn Rowan

Rebecca Leinenbach

Kent and Susan Lerbs

Tina Lipschitz

Michele Lommel

Bob and Judy Magraw

Merri Manetzke

Dan and Donna Marion

Gary Ault and Cathy McCredie

Mi Industries

Anthony Michaels

Michael and Christine Mikesell

Sidney Moore

Tim Morgan

Robert Mueller and Martha Grove

Lynn Neill

Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Rick and Cindee Null

Mike and Denise Oppermann

Milton Oran

Vincent and Tammy Pace

Pedigree Foundation

Shirley Pfister

Laura Placio

J. Dwight Prade

Greg and Nadine Rinehart

Karen Roebuck

Greg Romire

Andrea Rothbart

Susan Ryan and Brian Butts

Teresa Scheel

Aime Schilson and David Coleman

Beth Ann Schlegel

Larry Schneiders

Helga Schwabenland

James & Phyllis Seidler

Jonathon Sidarous

Jane F. Simerman

Donald Soper

R. Thomas Spalding

Kimmel Spurgeon

Susan Stangler

Bob and Marti Stricker

Daniel Stock

Tatman Foundation

Greg and Valerie Thebeau

Trio Foundation of St. Louis

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Vajda

Michael and Laurie VanCleave

Nancy Van Dillen

John and Nancy Wagner


Scott and Gail Westerman

Edward and Patricia Willey

Michael Wiseman

John and Sherry Wood

Terry Yenigues


 Corporate/Foundation Members



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  Kathryn G. Favre Charitable Foundation

M.I. Industries

tatman 2Athletes for Animals

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