CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Thirty-nine area nonprofits received $124,062 in funding from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri's grant program.
The local agencies were presented with a check during a ceremony Wednesday in Carthage's Legacy Theater, which was among the entities receiving a grant.
Terry Marler, a member of the Legacy Theater Foundation Inc., said the group was pleasantly surprised to receive the grant, which will be used to purchase lighting and sound.
"This was our first time applying for a grant, so we were pleased to be selected," Marler said.
More than 20 performances are staged in the 530-seat theater annually, according to Legacy Theater Foundation Inc.
Among the events in the theater this year were productions of the "Church Basement Ladies: Rise Up O' Men," and performances by the Texas Tenors, the Hughes Brothers and gospel singer Gordon Mote. Other events planned for this year are performances by Bee Gees Gold, a tribute band, in October, and the Minnesota Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker" in December.
The theater also is used by dance troupes and for Illinois West High School student-led performances.
By purchasing lighting and sound equipment over renting it, theater officials say they hope to bring in more, larger productions.
"It certainly makes other productions more viable, especially when you think that some of the lighting and sound equipment can cost between $800 to $4,200 per show," Marler said.
Funds from the grant will be applied to the theater foundation's on-going fundraising drive, where local donors have pledged to match up to $100,000 in contributions made by the end of the year.
Theater foundation officials say the drive has raised more than $15,000 since it was launched in June.
Other Illinois entities receiving funding from the Community Foundation were: Barry Public Library, Quincy Teen REACH, Boy Scouts of America -- Mississippi Valley Council 141, Brown County Public Library District, Camp Point Public Library District, Carthage Park Board, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Chaddock Attachment and Trauma Services, Cheerful Home Child Care and Early Learning Center, Clayton Public Library District, Community for Christ Assistance Center, Cornerstone Foundation for Families, Four Star Public Library District Foundation, Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, Horizons Social Services, Illinois Library Association and Greater West Central Public Library District, Quincy Art Center, Quincy Family YMCA, Quincy Hospitality House, Quincy Society of Fine Arts, Regional office of Education, Salvation Army of Quincy, Transitions of Western Illinois, Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials, Two Rivers Resource Conservation and Development, West Central Child Care Connection, Western Community Center YMCA and YWCA of Quincy.
With the inclusion of this year's grants, the Community Foundation has awarded more than 3,500 grants totaling more than $6 million since 1999.