The Tower Theatre Foundation will receive a $30,000 grant from the Roy and Diane Marvin Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to help hire a full-time development director and launch a new educational programming initiative for Central Oregon school children.
“This is the largest single grant the Tower has been awarded since the renovation was completed in 2004,” said Ray Solley, Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation. “It enables us to dramatically increase the effectiveness of our fundraising and membership campaigns by employing a full-time staff member. And that, in turn, provides the infrastructure necessary to fully launch coordinated educational outreach programs for school children and families in 2011.”
The new educational initiative, designed to “Educate | Enhance | Engage,” will be the focus of the Tower Foundation’s year-end solicitations throughout December.
A core component of the Tower Theatre Foundation mission is to “provide educational events that enliven and enrich the human spirit.” Kim Medford, Chair of the Foundation, said, “Nowhere is that more evident—and necessary—than in presenting educational programming for school-aged children. Now we can begin an educational initiative using the Tower’s facilities and expertise to bring high-quality, literature-based and curriculum-related programs to the families and schools of Central Oregon.”
Megan Schumaker, Senior Administrative Officer for Grants at OCF said, “We are pleased to support Bend's historic Tower Theatre. The theatre is an important asset to the performing arts in Central Oregon, collaborating with other nonprofit organizations and bringing performing arts to local schools. The theatre has not been immune to the current economic environment, but after thoughtful planning, they are poised to weather the downturn. OCF encourages the local community to support the Tower, through sponsorships, memberships, volunteering, or simply buying tickets to enjoy the performances.”
OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF annually awards more than $60 million in grants and scholarships. The Marvin Fund has long supported youth-oriented performing arts projects across Oregon.
The Tower Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to maintaining and operating the historic theatre and making the best in performing arts available and accessible to all citizens of Central Oregon. Program information, group discounts, gift certificates, season and individual tickets are available through the Tower Theatre box office, 541-317-0700, or at www.towertheatre.org.