In Berkeley, Calif., the California Shakespeare Theater received a 2-year, $160,000 grant from the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation, which was awarded to support of the Theater's on-going operations, plus a capital investment of $100,000 toward Phase I of their plans to reinvigorate the Bruns Amphitheatre as a permanent, sustainable and welcoming home for the Theater's artists and audiences. [...] in Milwaukee, the Skylight Opera Theatre received gifts from nine generous donors to create a challenge fund of $250,000.
In the Greenroom Theatres Seeing Fundraising Successes theatre buzz Despite the tough econ- and the scheduled comple- omy, there are some the- tion this summer of the first atres still moving ahead phase of our construction with fundraising campaigns project, The Campaign for and meeting success. the Future. With this award, On January 14, the Lesher Foundation reaf- Southern Utah University firms its leadership in sup- President Michael T. porting significant cultural Benson announced a $3 institutions in the East Bay.” million grant to the Utah In Cleveland, Ohio, Tom Shakesearean Festival from Hanks supported classic the George S. and Dolores theatre as well, donating an Doré Eccles Foundation, From left to right: Gerald R. Sherret, former mayor of Cedar City, R. Scott Phillips, Utah Shakespearean unspecified, but presum- earmarked as the “lead gift” Festival executive director, Fred C. Adams, Festival founder, Jyl Shuler, Festival development director, ably large, gift to the Great for the campaign to con- Michael T. Benson, president of Southern Utah University Lakes Theater Festival. His struct a new Shakespearean Theatre. The new theatre, along donation allowed the GLTF to reach the amount necessary with the current Randall L. Jones Theatre, will anchor the to trigger a $1 million matching grant from the Kresge Utah Shakespearean Festival Centre for the Performing Arts. Foundation. The Foundation had extended its deadline To be built one block east of the current outdoor theatre, it so that GLTF could raise the necessary funds. Hanks has will replace the aging Adams Theatre with a state-of-the-art long had a connection to GLTF, having interned there facility designed to enhance for several seasons when it the Festival experience for was still known as the Great thousands of patrons in the Lakes Shakespeare Festival. years ahead. Patrons of the The grant will go towards new theatre will enjoy the paying off GLTF’s loan it same unique experience
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