Save the Phoenix: Sprinklers & Roof

$36,751 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 554 people in 8 months
Phoenix friends and family,

20 years ago, the Phoenix Theater almost closed permanently due to the high cost of seismic retrofitting work required by the state. A group of community members teamed up to gather the money required because they didn't want to live in a Petaluma without the Phoenix. The work was completed and the Phoenix was able to continue carrying out its mission. We now face a similar moment and could use your help.

We recently received a notice from the City of Petaluma in regards to the fire sprinkler ordinance in downtown Petaluma. They are asking that the Phoenix have fire sprinklers installed by April 2019. Failure to do so will result in fines and potential closure.

The price of the sprinkler job alone is $185k - this does not include the construction costs to repair the building after the sprinklers are installed.

The building has also been in need of a new roof for a long time ($90k for the three levels) and has reached the point where leaks could could cause structural damage if further delayed.

We have raised $140k so far for these jobs - $50k from Lagunitas from their Beer Circus events, $50k from Petaluma Market and an incoming $40k from a community member who wants to help. 

In all, our goal is to raise another $250k to safely get both projects done. Any additional amount raised will go toward other building improvements.

This is a moment of great need for the Phoenix - the most pressing one since the Phoenix nearly closed for good in 1999. 

The Phoenix has been everyone's building since it was constructed as the Hill Opera House in 1904. We want to make sure it can continue serving the community for generations to come. Every every dollar and every share helps. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for being a friend of the Phoenix.


The Petaluma Phoenix Center, known to most simply as the Phoenix Theater, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in support of local youth.

The mission of the Petaluma Phoenix Theater is to foster the emotional, physical and social development of the young people we serve by enabling them to create and engage in programs for music, the arts, and health and wellness, while preserving and improving the historic Phoenix Theater as a resource for youth and the community at large.
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Also, check out this video featuring 90+ minutes of Tom telling his favorite Phoenix and Petaluma stories. Lots of memories and insights from the stage of the Phoenix, a building like no other in the world.
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Hey everyone - we could use your help! We’re looking to close out our GoFundMe campaign ($14k to go) as we continue to work with large donors and businesses behind-the-scenes to finish out the city-mandated sprinkler system installation. Plus, we still have a generous donor matching the GoFundMe donations (up to the goal of $50k) so every dollar you contribute is worth double!

We have about $100k still to raise on this entire project but we’ve got good momentum going on in the background. If you’re an individual or business that would like to donate outside the GoFundMe campaign, send us an email! Thanks for all the support on this project so far and toward the Phoenix in general. We couldn’t do it without all of you. ❤️
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Phoenix fundraising update: together we’ve raised over $270k, replaced the roof and began the sprinkler job! The custom build on the sprinkler system has been a messy process - we’ve encountered some major plumbing setbacks (and related cost increases) but are continuing to move forward.

The Petaluma Fire Department has extended our deadline as we continue to fundraise and work towards installation. We’re about $60k short of where we need to be to fully fund this project. Donations continue to come in behind-the-scenes and, thankfully, we’ve been given more time to keep spreading the word.

The Phoenix continues to serve the community on a daily basis thanks to the support we’ve received from all of you. We’re having another fundraiser on Saturday 3/30 (Onstage podcast live show) and will be announcing more events/developments in the coming weeks. There’s still work to be done but together we’ve made an incredible amount of progress since we began this fundraising campaign. The Phoenix is everyone’s building and it gets to continue serving that purpose because of the work we’ve done together over these past few months.
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We’re at over $200k pledged/received toward our fundraising goal! We've still got a ways to go but the support from our community has been incredible.
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$36,751 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 554 people in 8 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Petaluma Phoenix Center Inc
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Petaluma, CA
EIN: 680482910
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