Music, Theatre Fundraisers Planned for Wright Opera House Purchase Fund
Apr 22, 2009 | 1119 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Friends of the Wright Opera House report that the fund to purchase the building has grown to nearly $60,000 with recent donations.  Board member Dee Williams reports that a series of fundraising events are planned in the coming months that are expected to significantly increase the fund. “We are grateful for the substantial support from those who are willing to provide benefit concerts or to underwrite the expenses of an event which allows more of the revenue to go into the fund,” she said. 

The current schedule includes a Sunday Afternoon Concert on Sunday, April 26, when the 40-piece Montrose City Band performs a benefit concert of Music from the Movies. This will be their first performance in the Opera House. Tickets are $10 and available at Buckskin Books and Cimarron Coffee and Books.

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Timshel Theater Company will perform the The Gin Game (May 22 and May 23); this play was on Broadway for over a year before touring nationally and becoming a Public Broadcasting Service production. The theater company and local residents and business are helping cover some of the costs of the Ouray performances.

On June 16, returning by popular demand, Kort McCumber will perform a concert (underwritten by Citizens’ State Bank). The Diamond W Wranglers will perform a benefit concert in July. Additional fundraising events will be announced soon (one underwritten by Alpine Bank).

Jim Opdahl, treasurer of the organization, says that donations are coming in steadily, as more people learn about the project and its potential for the community.  “I am surprised and pleased by the rate of donations being received as we move into this phase of the campaign to purchase the Wright Opera House,” said Opdahl. “The tax benefits provided by the State of Colorado Economic Development Department have made a major difference. That, combined with the Federal Tax structure, allows approximately a 50 percent tax benefit for most contributions to this project. ” 

Ralph Huesing, who chairs the group, estimates that approximately $200,000 will be needed to supplement anticipated grants as in indication of the community support for the project.

Those wishing to contribute cash or make a pledge can contact Huesing at 325-4022 or Jim Opdahl at 325-4235 for information about donating and the tax benefits.
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