TATAMAGOUCHE – A new fundraising initiative for the Centre for the Arts is 20 per cent sold after only two months.
The seat sale campaign started in November, and 40 of the centre’s 200 seats have been ‘purchased.’
“It’s moving right along,” said Fred Maybee, about the fundraiser to support the centre at the Creamery Square. “There are other levels of donations, but the seat sale seems to draw people in.”
With a donation of $250, a medallion will be placed on one of the chairs in the centre and a name of a loved one, family member, family name or even a business name will be included on the medallion.
“The most popular seems to be business names, and memorials,” said Maybee. “But family names are popular as well. The businesses really seem to want them.”
Along with the seat sale, there are other levels of support based on monetary donations.
The seat sale is dubbed the ‘Painter’s Club,’ however others include ‘Farmer’s Club’ ($50 donation), ‘Plumber’s Club’ ($100 donation), ‘Carpenter’s Club’ ($500 donation), and ‘Contractor’s Club’ ($1,000 donation).
Maybee said that the other levels are “keeping up” with the seat sale.
“If you mention the seat sale and someone says, ‘OK, I’d like four seats,’ that gives us a chance to mention the other levels,” he said, noting corporate sponsors are also welcome.
With the Centre for the Arts project starting in December 2012, work has stopped for the winter months.
“Right now, we’re focusing on boosting our bank account so we can go full speed ahead,” said Maybee.
Once the spring comes along, work will start on the inside, with the focus on the old icehouse.
“The icehouse is attached to the main theatre and if we can prepare the icehouse first, we might be able to have that open before the grand opening.”
The main theatre will have room for 200 seats, however the icehouse has the ability to be used in various ways, hosting up to about 40 people for smaller events.
A grand opening is planned for this summer, however no fixed date has been announced.
Anyone looking for more information on any of the donation or volunteer opportunities can visit www.creamerysquare.ca or try the office (open Thursday afternoons this season) at 657-3500.
Donations to the fundraising campaign can be done online through the Creamery Square website as well.