Last week, Wayside Theatre took a necessary but painful step to to try and save itself. We launched a public campaign to try and raise $90,000 in 45 days. Some have called it a publicity stunt. It's not. If we don't make our goal we're going to have to go out of business.
That sounds dire and it is, but the good news is that we've seen a wonderful early response to the efforts. In the first five days of the campaign we've raised $24,000. That's come from a lot of wonderful people who care about this "little theatre with a big heart." Those donations have come from individuals who have driven up to the theatre to drop off a check. They've come from young people who participae in our educational programs who are fundraising door-to-door. They've come from actors across the country who have worked here in the past. They've come from our friends, our neighbors, and well, the list just keeps on growing. Or at least we hope it will.
The key here now is to build on the momentum and the efforts of those who responded immediately to the call for help. And that's the tough part. Sustaining the energy of the campaign until we reach our goal is going to require a lot of help and a lot of effort. Everyone here is grateful for the support we've seen so far and we honestly feel like we've got a shot a making this work.
Remember, we're also fighting with a wonderful production of Steel Magnolias on our stage. Our cast is sensational and doing a great job. (The picture is from the opening night party.) Come see this wonderful play and experience what the fight is really about.
If you're reading this and have donated already, thank you so much. If you haven't yet. Please consider doing so. Every donation makes a difference. If you've already donated, help us, please, spread the word about the campaign, and point folks to our website and the information there. We're finding that those who take the time to read and engage us in questions are more than helpful and we're willing to spend the time and effort to answer those questions.
Again, thanks for helping. You make the fight worth fighting.