WE'VE BLOWN THROUGH THE TOP OF THE THERMOMETER!!!
From John Rathbone, Executive Director of George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts PLAYHOUSE Project:
Thanks to widespread community and volunteer support, the Capital Campaign for the new PLAYHOUSE has raised over $565,000 -- well exceeding our target of $500,000.
Kudos to the persistent efforts of the Gilmer Arts Grants Committee which paid off with a recent $65,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation in Atlanta.
Can we all celebrate together that we've met our goal and then some? This outstanding success will give us room to provide for the PLAYHOUSE renovation and also have a little operating cushion for the first year.
Renovations are moving along very well and within budget. General Contractor Joe Dixon is doing a first quality job.
We're also making progress in putting together the PLAYHOUSE administration team who will begin meeting in January to develop the means and methods to bring events to this area by mid-to-late 2017.
OVERVIEW OF THE PLAYHOUSE PROJECT
With the purchase in June 2015 of the 1940s building at 135 Dalton Street in Historic Downtown Ellijay, supporters of the arts in Gilmer County and neighboring communities moved one step closer to making a permanent venue for live performances a reality in Ellijay. A generous gift from the George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust gave us a start for this incredible opportunity. And the May 2016 announcement in of a grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development's tourism program brought us $150,000 closer to our fundraising goal. By December 2016, more than $565,000 had been raised -- well about the original $500,000 goal.
Significant renovations are underway to transform this building into a 150-seat venue capable of hosting high quality performances, rehearsals and other events on 100+ nights per year.
This web site was launched with the dual objectives of raising awareness (and money!) and keeping the community updated on the progress of the fundraising and the renovations.
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