Temple Theatre Pipe Organ Theft

$4,866 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 26 months
Hundreds of vintage organ pipes stored in a private warehouse in Meridian, Mississippi were stolen.  These pipes were destined for installation in the Temple Theatre's 1927 Robert Morton Theatre Organ to further enhance its magestic voice. 

The stolen pipes were most likely sold  for scrap metal by thieves who had no idea that they were virtually useless except when used for the purpose intended; namely, creating magestic music.  The Temple is an historic, 501c3 non-profit community theatre with no private or state funding.   The replacement and ongoing restoration, upgrade and repair of this magnificent theatre organ is done by volunteer members of the Magnolia Theater Organ Society Meridian Chapter and can only be accomplished through the generosity of  donors.  All funds are tax-deductible.
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Greetings to all! It is has been a while since we posted an update on this campaign. We thank all who have donated, and hope more folks will help. No amount is too small! As we await more funds to purchase new replacement pipes, other improvements continue like the installation of the newly-refurbished chrysoglott. Many thanks to our small but totally dedicated and talented volunteer technicians who work to ensure the Mighty Morton continues to perform at her best with the existing pipes, bells and whistles! SILENT MOVIE SUNDAY is August 27, 2017 at 2 pm featuring the Mighty Morton and guest Theatre Organist Matthew Bason from Northampton, England. Visit https://templetheater.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/ for details. In the meantime, YOUR DONATION will move us closer to our goal and allow us to keep the music alive.
Restored chrysoglott ready to install
Restored chrysoglott
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April showers seem to be bringing more than pretty flowers! Generous gifts are popping up as well! In just two days we have seen our campaign blossom to $4,516 so we are more than a third of the way towards our goal since we launched our campaign in January. Any amount is welcome, large or small. Donations may be made by credit card, or by check. Mail to Temple Theatre Organ Fund, 2320 8th Street, Meridian, MS 39301. Donations are tax-deductible!
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Spring has sprung at the Temple Theatre and work continues on the Mighty Morton. Donations continue to trickle in, and with the most recent, generous gift of $250, we have now topped $3,000! We are constantly searching for sources of Robert Morton Pipes that may be languishing in some dusty warehouse, and we follow every lead. We still have a ways to go, but we believe we will reach our goal in the days ahead. Anyone who might have a lead we should pursue, please be sure to let us know!
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New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS) March Match Challenge -- March 1, 2017.

Details here -- http://www.wtok.com/content/news/Temple-Theater-gets-help-with-fundraising-efforts-415055103.html

During the month of March, the NYTOS has generously offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, all GoFundMe donations made to this campaign up to $1,000.

The New York Theatre Organ Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization furthering the appreciation, preservation, and use of the Theatre Pipe Organ. NYTOS serves the five boroughs of New York City as well as Long Island and the Hudson Valley. They currently own four organs and maintain three organs including the great Brooklyn Paramount (LIU) Wurlitzer and the last original Wonder Morton theatre organ at the United Palace theatre.

Thank you all for your care and donations!
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$4,866 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 26 months
Created January 4, 2017
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2 months ago

I have listened too this beautiful organ for over 30 years and want some more.

Brenda Arnsdorff
3 months ago

They are working so hard to restore this landmark. The Temple has brought so much joy to our city. It makes me angry that thieves would take from something for which they have no use. Please join me in helping undo what the scum did.

Dennis James
20 months ago


Clare Musgrove
22 months ago (Offline Donation)

Miss Clare...your generous gift has been applied to the restoration of the Mighty Morton Theatre Organ. You are such a thoughtful and talented young lady and we enjoy your smile and willingness to help each month during the Friday Night Live show. Roger

American Legion Post #257
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

How honored we are that our Veterans in the American Legion Post #257, Bailey, MS chose to donate such a generous gift. We have been privileged to welcome this group of honored veterans in the Temple Theatre for many years, so your donation to our Organ restoration project is greatly appreciated.

New York Theatre Organ Society
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

We wish to send our most sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous donation of $1000 from the New York Theatre Organ Society. For an organization so far away to come to the aid of an historic theatre and instrument in Meridian, MS is truly humbling. As our funds grow, we look forward to making the expansion and improvements that our Robert Morton organ so richly deserves. Thank you all again.

M.L. & Kim Waters
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you so very much for your most generous gift received today! It is so uplifting when local residents step forward to help their historic, hometown venues. Thank you for your interest in the Temple Theatre and the Mighty Morton Theatre Organ!

Army Band Patron
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you for coming tonight and for donating to our organ restoration fund!

US Army Band Patron
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

So glad you came to see the US Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus. Thank you for your generous cash donation!

Temple Patron
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

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