Monday, August 24, 2009

Monroe Theatre Guild Capital Campaign

The Monroe Theatre Guild officially announced plans to conduct a major $750,000 capital campaign for the purchase and renovations of the Stage Building located in downtown Monroe. Earlier The Swiss Colony announced a challenge grant of up to $100,000 if the community pledges reach certain levels during the effort. The announcement of the community campaign and plans for the building were revealed at a dinner for the Guild’s Inner Family. The “Inner Family” includes members of the Theatre Guild’s board of directors, committee members and campaign leaders.

The campaign is divided into four phases: Inner Family Gifts, Pacesetting Gifts, Major Gifts and Community Teams Gifts. Rick Maliszewski, owner of Ekum Abstact is the Chair of the campaign.

The goal of the Inner Family campaign was to raise $75,000 and to receive 100 percent support from the board and committee members. , Maliszewski, stated that he is extremely happy that the Theatre Guild’s “Inner Family” has reached its goals as he announced that the Inner Family has pledged a total of $92,700. He adds, “It demonstrates to the people of Monroe and Green County and the surrounding area that the Inner Family of the Monroe Theatre Guild supports this tremendous project; our first capital campaign ever.”

Additional campaign leadership was also announced. Jeff Ingebritsen will chair the Major Gifts Committee, Joe Peters will chair the Community Teams effort, Mary Soddy will chair the Prospect Committee, Stephen and Katee Eliasson will chair the P.R. Committee and Suzanne Miller will chair the Speakers Bureau. The campaign is scheduled to begin quietly over the next few weeks and conclude with the Community Phase which well begin in October and run through November.

The funds raised during the campaign will assist in renovating The Stage. Specific plans call for a flexible performance space and theatre, full modern lighting and sound system, large scale rehearsal area, costume storage and work area, full scene shop, prop storage, rehearsal space for youth theatre programs and workshops, conference room and offices.

The Monroe Theatre Guild offers performances, workshops, seminars and artistic opportunities for local constituents throughout Green County and the surrounding area.

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