Stellar Luminaries dot the Singers Marin Universe
A group of celestial bodies graces the Singers Marin sky — our donors, collectively known as the “Stellar Luminaries.” Though the names of some of these categories might have you wondering, each was chosen with the utmost care in order to best honor the supporters of Singers Marin. So, why did we choose these names and what do they mean?
Their stories reflect the honor, respect, and appreciation that we feel for our donors, as well as the strength and dedication of the donors themselves. They allow the Singers Marin universe to shine as brightly as possible. Every day someone adds to the light.
$10,000 and up
Polaris is a star that is commonly referred to as the North Star. It is regarded as the most important star because the axis of the earth points toward it and, to the naked eye, it sits motionless as a field of other stars circles around it. Generations who navigated by the stars depended on it and cultures around the world have myths about it, calling it the point that holds the universe together. The most important quality of Polaris is it centrality, which gives it power and significance. It is because of this strength and guiding force that we have named our leading donors after Polaris.
$1,000 to $4,999
Centaurus is the constellation that has the largest number of visible stars (101), including two of the top ten brightest stars, and has been called the most magnificent of the southern constellations. Centaurus means the Centaur, a mythological half human and half horse creature. The constellation is named in honor of Pholus and Cheiron, two centaurs who were friends of Hercules and Zeus, King of the Gods in Greek mythology. We chose this constellation to name our second donor category because of the honor, brilliance, and friendship it represents.
$500 to $999
Ursa Major, or The Great Bear, is the third largest constellation and contains the most famous grouping of stars in the sky: The Big Dipper. It is associated with honor and respect: many cultures had reverence for a bear that could thrive in such a northern sky. In Greek mythology, it is associated with support and love, as the princess Callisto, after being transformed into a bear, was placed in the heavens by Zeus for protection. Because of these excellent qualities, the name Ursa Major was given to the third donor category.
$250 to $499
Lyra, The Lyre, though somewhat faint, contains the fifth brightest star, Vega, the Harp Star. According to Greek mythology, Apollo, the God of Music, gave the lyre to Orpheus when he was a child. Orpheus was taught by the Muses and became the time’s most celebrated musician, enrapturing all who heard him play. The fourth donor category was named after Lyra as testament to the life-changing power of music.
$100 to $249
Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, is a small constellation, yet quite spectacular to those who see it. In the Greek myths, Corona Borealis was created by the Gods and worn by Ariadne, daughter of Zeus and Princess of Crete, at her wedding to Dionysus, God of Wine. Upon her death, Dionysus placed the wedding crown in the sky to in her honor. This beautiful token of love was chosen for its representation of the great significance of giving.
up to $100
Pegasus, the Winged Horse, assisted many famous warriors throughout mythology and carried the thunderbolts of Zeus. The constellation itself contains one of the most beautiful and brightest globular clusters in the sky, as well as many galaxies. Because of Pegasus’ dedication to support and friendship, the final donor category was named after him.
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If you are considering Sponsorship — underwriting a specific event or performance — please visit our Make a Donation — Sponsorship page. Sponsorship Levels are acknowledged in the same genre, but in these categories:
Galaxy — $2500 and above
Constellation — $1500 - $2499
Supernova — $1000 - $1499
Comet — $500 - $999
Starfire — $250 - $499