In every children’s story there is good and evil,

a hero who fights all the dragons, witches, and pirates,

so the rest of us can live happily ever after.

Play the hero with a gift to TOY's Annual Fund.




We have accumulated a lot of stories over our 46-year history.  There is the family who was able to talk about mortality following Tuck Everlasting or bullying after Number the Stars.  There is the shy, young girl who was worried about taking a workshop only to gain the confidence to perform a solo by the end of the week.  Or there is the child with special needs who hadn’t talked all summer long.  After watching a TOY performance with his classmates, he chased after the actors begging them to come back.  Or there is the child that remarks “that play was about me.”  Truth is, that is a lot of kids…

Everything we do here at TOY is about the children in your life.  It’s about their wonders and worries.  As adults, we might look at a play about losing a pen, losing a friend, or not getting the part we wanted in the Christmas play as cute, but kids don’t see it that way.  For them, they’ve never experienced it before.  Everything is so new, so life-changing.  How we treat these moments as adults will make a profound difference in the lives of our children.  And that is why TOY exists…

A gift to TOY's annual fund ensures children have these enriching experiences.  Your gift inspires imaginations, sparks curiosity, and builds creative confidence in children across WNY through our Mainstage plays, Talkback, theatre workshops, and touring productions. 

Be a hero this holiday season for the youth of WNY with a gift to TOY…


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Volunteer - Theatre of Youth is always looking for volunteer ushers for public and school time performances.  You are free to select shows, dates, and times.  But TOY is not the only beneficiary; volunteers are eligible for complimentary and discounted tickets ! Contact Michelle Tsoukatos, TOY's Box Offiec Manager, and she'll be in touch with opportunities!

Will or Estate Plans - Should you wish to include TOY in your future financial plans, please let us know.  Managing Director Kevin Leary would be happy to sit down with you to discuss options.

Amazon Smile - Leverage the power of your online shopping with Amazon Smile.  Designate Theatre of Youth as your charity and for every dollar you spend, Amazon - not you - donates .5% of the purchase price to TOY!

Employer Match Program - many places of work have employer match programs that will match your donations dollar for dollar up to a certain amount.  Check with your organization to see if they participate!



According to the Giving Tuesday website, "#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving."

Theatre of Youth appreciates your consideration for including us in your giving plans this holiday season.  While we earn revenue through ticket sales, a gap of 35% remains that we must raise through donations.  Your gift ensures that we can continue to provide WNY children with the very best in professional theatre.