Create theatre in rust belt town
To date we have collected over $5,300.00 in capital campaign donations (includes the money from Gofundme). That money allowed us to pay for the architectural designs and permit fees, repair the furnace, begin the refurbishing of the theatre chairs, and a few other necessary things. We currently have about $800.00 left. So, our next step is two-fold; raise the money to put on a new roof and do as much of the work on the inside as possible with volunteers. First, we really start in earnest to complete putting together the Founding 100. The Founding 100 is the first 100 businesses, organizations, foundations, and individuals that donate at least $300.00 each. The Founding 100 will be featured on our website and on a plaque on the front of the theatre forever. The Founding 100 will also be invited to the ribbon-cutting opening ceremony. This group will always be remembered as the group that believed in and supported the project from its inception. The money we raise from the Founding 100 will pay for the roof and the supplies the volunteers will need to work on the inside of the theatre. To date we have six Founding 100 sponsors. Please check out our website (ironhorsetheatrecompany.com) to see who they are, and encourage anyone you know who may be interested to become a Founding 100 sponsor. This is the most critical part on the process. The Founding 100 money, along with the volunteers will allow us to complete about 60 percent of the work.
Of course at some point the professionals will have to take over and complete the remaining work. This includes the façade, electrical, lighting and sound systems, plumbing, etc. This also means more money will be needed to complete the theatre and center for the arts. To raise this money we are planning an open-house event (more details to come) in the spring. This open-house event is to show some potential “big-money” sponsors the work and support of the community in the project. It is my belief that when they see all that we have done at that point, they will support us the rest of the way.
Please check out our website for the details of the work that has been done, and all the work that remains to be done. So, have a very happy New Year, and I very much look forward to working with you at the Iron Horse Community Theatre and Center for the Arts in the upcoming weeks and months ahead. – Sincerely, London Cain