Legacy Theater makes year-end push for donations

This year’s Rising Star campaign urges donors to give at a level that will place a star with their name on the theater’s Donor Wall of Recognition, or to raise their current star to a higher level.

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Volunteers at the Legacy Theater are asking patrons and supporters to consider making a year-end donation to help the theater.

“This has been a year of uncertainty, business losses, sickness, and limited time with friends and family,” said Doug Groth, Legacy Theater Foundation board president. “We have faced and understand these challenges, too, because we have had a total loss of ticket income since March.”

The theater has received small grants that are available to help nonprofit organizations when their operations have been interrupted. Without ticket sales, however, donations have become the main income for the theater to cover ongoing expenses, such as utilities, maintenance and deposits for future performers.

“Members of the Legacy board and committees again this year have each given our own money as well as our time because we are committed to the mission of the theater,” Groth said.

Many of the shows that were canceled in 2020 have already been rescheduled for next year.

This year’s Rising Star campaign urges donors to give at a level that will place a star with their name on the theater’s Donor Wall of Recognition or to raise their current star to a higher level.

Joy Swearingen, chairman of the theater’s fundraising committee, said, “We appreciate the donations that have come in this year.” She noted that it could be months into 2021 before the theater can reopen.

“Now is a good time to continue a regular plan of giving to the Legacy Theater and raise your star to a new level.”

Groth said, “While we cannot say when the theater will reopen, plans are moving forward. We have some great talent lined up for 2021. We are excited about the future, when we can again gather for live entertainment at the Legacy Theater.”

Donations can be sent to The Legacy Theater, P.O. Box 34, Carthage, IL 62321, or given at thelegacytheater.com. For questions, call Swearingen at 217-357-4989.

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