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Gem Theatre Stage Completion

$3,650 of $210,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 2 months
For thirteen years, the little community of Athena in Northeast Oregon  has been renovating it's historic 1901 main street theatre into a regional arts facility.  The project has been spearheaded by the local school band director and has included several hundred school age volunteers who together have donated over $400K in labor.  With this plus a multitude of grants, the "little theatre non profit that could" has brought the campaign to the last big financial hurdle, that being the stage gear and tech--the total cost of which is $210,000.00.


The Gem Theatre will include a fully functional stage, much like a Broadway theatre only scaled down and will serve as a platform for music, live theatre and film in a region notably underserved by the arts.  Please help us reach the goal of finishing the stage, thus giving us the ability to open the facility during the second week of June, 2019.

The Star Saloon will also become the home for the planned Hodaka Museum. Hodakas were a small brand of motorcycle that was headquartered in Athena in the 70's. The Pacific Basin Trading Company designed and imported the motorcycles from Japan and enjoyed commercial success until hit with the recession in the early 80's. The Hodaka Club  has assisted with the theater/museum project by donations and proceeds from raffled restored Hodaka motorcycles!

You can find out more about our project on our website at www.gemtheatre.org . You can also  sign up to purchase an engraved paver for the sidewalk out front!

Thanks for taking the time to consider the creation of our little project in Northeastern Oregon!

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Our project received $1,300 in donations yesterday, this was trememdous! Please share the project and encourage others to make small contributions.
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We are focusing right now on small donations of $25 or more with the goal of raising the $10K total needed to install the stage equipment cable and low voltage wire in the conduit before we close up the walls with drywall. We will gladly send supporters one of our new Gem Supporter stickers as a thank you and have offered the same retroactively to our previous donors. We are finding this campaign to be an uphill challenge and appreciate our following helping to spread the word about our cause.
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The Gem is continuing forward towards our goal. This week, we had our cover inspection for the electrical in the building and turned on the furnaces for the first time ever. Two thirds of the building has been insulated this week and the photo shows the building front from a vantage point where it is now finished. Will you please make a small donation towards our stage? Many small donations, like many volunteer hours at our project, add up to something great.
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Thanks to our Hodaka friends for their recent support of this campaign. The Gem will host a permanent Hodaka motorcycle display on the Saloon side of the building. Hodaka motorcycles originated in Athena, a story that is as unlikely as the story of the Gem.
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$3,650 of $210,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Athenas Gem Inc
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Athena, OR
EIN: 300360180
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