Save Terre Haute's Harmony Hall
Over the past 30 years, the Banks of the Wabash Chorus has had its ups and downs from difficulty with finances to drops in membership. Today, the Banks of the Wabash Chorus, once a 60 man chorus with multiple international appearances, is a 12 man chorus facing its worst financial hardship since purchasing Harmony Hall, and the Chorus is, unfortunately, facing the possibility of losing their home for good as their bank has started the foreclosure process.
As it currently stands, out of the original $140,000 mortgage taken out for the purchase, the Chorus currently owes approximately $6,000 to finish paying off the mortgage with $3,000 in back bills and fees to have utilities turned back on. Overall, it will take approximately $10,000 to get Harmony Hall back on its feet. The Chorus has already taken steps to make sure Harmony Hall can sustain itself by finding several long term renters for the Hall, but the Chorus is having trouble raising the $10,000 it will take to get the bills paid off. So, we are asking you, our friends, family, fellow Barbershoppers and music lovers, and complete strangers, to help us by donating anything you can to help the Banks of the Wabash keep their home where memories and friendships have been made for 30 years and where they want to keep making memories and friendships for years to come.
Now, you may be wondering a few things. First, you are probably wondering where your donations have gone thus far. Thus far, we have been able to stop the foreclosure process and pay what we owe on the utilities. We have not been able to pay off the mortgage or reopen the doors just yet, but are still working towards getting to that point.
The second thing you may be wondering is what will happen when we reopen the doors to Harmony Hall and are we ever going to face this problem again? The answer is no. We have a few long term renters interested in using the Hall as soon as we reopen the doors as well as some people who are looking to use the Hall for the short term throughout the year. So, we will have a way to sustain the Hall to keep us from getting in this situation again.
Finally, you may be wondering what happens once we reach our goal and what's next? Once we reach our goal, we will for sure be reopening the doors to Harmony Hall and begin cleaning it up to be ready to rent. Our next step will be repairing and upgrading the Hall. For those who didn't know, Harmony Hall is in need of some repair and upgrading. Therefore, it is our hope that people will continue to share this campaign and encourage people to donate as we continue to work on our next step of repairing and upgrading the Hall. We have overcome the greatest hurdle by retaining ownership, but there is still some work to be done.
Again, a big thank you to everyone who has donated thus far and those who continue to share this campaign and our need for support. As always, Keep the Whole World Singing!!!