When Cyndy received her terminal cancer diagnosis in April 2018, one of her strongest wishes was to see the Theatre through its first century. Built in 1923 and opened in 1924, the Millheim Theatre is rapidly approaching its 100 year anniversary in the Penns Valley community. It is the Engle family’s goal to mark that anniversary by, at least partially, realizing Cyndy’s dreams for the space; from performances in the auditorium, to community gatherings, to the start of a business or non-profit for future operations.
The money raised through this campaign will be used to realize Cyndy’s dreams to make the Millheim Theatre a public space for community gathering and art. Physical plans for the building’s full renovation are in the works, but these initial funds will secure a strong foundation for the Theatre so that these future plans may be realized in the years to come. Immediate projects will include, but are not limited to, expansion of electrical, lighting, and heating systems, maintaining the roof, and protecting the other exterior features of the building. Long-term goals also include the construction of a memorial library space that will feature Cyndy’s beloved books and artwork.
The Engle family would like to thank the many people who have supported Cyndy’s past endeavors, such as 110Penned & Pixelated and the annual “Festival of Trees,” and for taking care of our family’s needs through a difficult summer, medically and personally. She loved this community more than anything, and with your help, we would love to honor Cyndy and her dreams by realizing the potential of this building – her greatest work aside from her family – and creating a space where the public can celebrate Cyndy’s life through art and entertainment.
For more background on the Engles and their beloved Millheim Theatre, read this story written by Chris Rosenblum for the Centre Daily Times back in 2015: https://www.centredaily.com/news/local/community/article42901662.html
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