elba theatre

The Elba Theatre project continues to move forward with the project already having raised over $472,000 to help in bringing movies, plays, concerts, and more to the theatre again; however, project organizers said now is a great time to help even more. “Over the next couple of months, if you happen by, you could see the replacement of the roof, the installation of an HVAC system, the addition of restrooms and more,” said Restoration 154’s Justin Maddox. “Yet, we are not finished, and we need your help more than ever.” Restoration 154 is the non-profit organization overseeing the Elba Theatre project. Restoration 154 currently has two ways the community can donate to the Elba Theatre project, and one of those options, helps others as well. The first donating option for the Elba Theatre is a ‘double your impact’ possibility. Maddox said Artplace America has agreed to match any donation made to the Elba Theatre project, up to $1,000, through Thursday, Feb. 20th. He said this means if a person donates $1 then Artplace America will donate $1. Any amount given from $1 to $1,000 will be doubled! To participate with this opportunity, Maddox said one should visit the website www.elbatheatre.com and click on the ‘Support The Theatre’ link [then click on the IOBY campaign link]. Also, he said any preferring to donate by check can do so as well by contacting Restoration 154 at restoration154@gmail.com or calling (334) 494-2952. The second donating opportunity that Restoration 154 currently has going through March 4th is the donation of gently worn, used and new shoes. One may ask how donating shoes will generate funds for the Elba Theatre project, and Maddox said the answer is via a partnership with Funds2Orgs. He said Restoration 154 member Philip Box actually is overseeing this particular project, but the gist of it is that Restoration 154 collects the shoes, and then those shoes are banded together [bagged by count of 25 pair in each]. Funds2Orgs collects the shoes when they are ready, and they provide funds to the Elba Theatre project based on count [i.e., 100 bags equals $1,000]. It is at this point that Maddox said the shoe donations help others beyond Elba. He said after Funds2Orgs has the shoes, they are shipped to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations who sell the shoes in their community to help lift themselves out of poverty. “That is a pile of shoes, but the program has the benefit of serving multiple causes,” Maddox said. “We’ve received a surprising number of shoes already.” He said the drop off locations for the shoe donations are the Elba Church of Christ, 715 N Troy Highway, Elba or with Betsy Martin at the Elba City Schools Superintendent’s Office. For more information on this donation opportunity, contact Philip Box at (334) 447-2236. “We are very excited about the possibilities both these programs can help generate for the Elba Theatre project,” Maddox said. “If you want to see film, concerts, plays, and other events enlivening Court Street in Elba once again, this is a chance for you to make a huge difference.”

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