Donation takes Penticton one step closer to new community theatre
The Penmar Community Arts Society received an exciting boost of support from a donor with a $35,000 matching contribution to the current Open-The-Doors fundraising campaign. Identified as Pig Butler, the donor party is keen to see this project succeed.
The Society hopes that this contribution will spur another burst of pledges and donations from the community.
“This donation is a massive show of support for a community theatre, we are inspired by their commitment to this cause and excited about being so much closer to our end goal," says Board member Jennifer Vincent. "The beauty of the fundraising model we are using is that anyone can contribute at any financial level. It all helps — and if we succeed, the entire community wins!”
The society is using a crowdfunding model which provides a variety of funding options. Supporters can choose to donate money immediately, or pledge to support the campaign if it funds. Donors can choose to receive a tax receipt, or one of the many rewards such as a dedication plaque on a theatre seat, pre-paid movie tickets, or society memberships. There are also rewards that are better suited to businesses and performance organizations, like advertising packages and theatre rentals.
“We tried to make our funding options as varied as the people who will eventually use this facility” says Society President Kerri Milton “A Community Theatre is a resource for families, for cultural groups, and for local business. It needs to be affordable and accessible, and our fundraising reflects this.”
The Society has already purchased seats, projectors, and screens. Upgrades have been done to the interior finishes of two auditoriums and electrical systems. Once the funding is in place, the actual renovations are expected to take about 2 months. Two theatres will be operational and a licensed concession will serve local wine, beer, espresso, tea, alongside the usual fare. One theatre will be largely used for film and lectures, while the other can accommodate both of those activities as well as live performance.
Anyone interested in contributing to the campaign can visit the website www.open-the-doors.ca
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