We are happy to announce the inauguration of the first ever Troy Proctor’s Foundation pledge drive. Visitors to our website can now enter their personal information and make a pledge right from their PC! The pledge page can be found at: http://www.troyproctors.com/you-can-help/donate
All submitted information will be kept private, and all money collected is to be used to generate market studies, engineering reports, and publicity for the effort to save Proctor’s Theater.
Please join us, and pledge today. Don’t forget to get the word out to everyone you know. Every little bit helps, and now is the time to act!
Theater Communications Group, the national organization for American theater, recently conducted a study of over 400 non-profit theater groups around the country. Taking Your Fiscal Pulse found that despite the economic downturn, for theaters whose fiscal year ended in September, 2009, 52% either broke even or made money. Of the 48% who lost money, 34% were at a deficit of 10% or less of total expenditures.
In reaction, Erica Veil, representative of the Troy Proctor’s Foundation, was quoted in the Troy Record in a recent article about the study: “The survey shows overall ticket sales and government, trustee and individual contributions have maintained or increased, despite being in the midst of the worst economic crisis any of us have ever experienced. We see this as strong support for Proctor’s viability.” To the suggestion that the study represents only a “50/50″ chance of survival, and that therefore, the theater should be torn down, Ms. Veil responded, “Do not make permanent and irreparable decisions for a national historic property based on the economics of a temporary recession.”
The Troy Proctor’s Foundation will serve refreshments in front of Proctor’s Theatre for the Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 6 from 11 am to 5 pm. Old fashioned postcards of Proctor’s and Troy Proctor’s T-shirts will be for sale.
A variety of entertainment has been arranged:
1:30 Excerpts from the Giant Hoax by Kit Goldstein. The musical about the Cardiff giant was recently performed by the Classic Theater Guild at Proctor’s in Schenectady.
2:45 Daisy the clown will amuse the crowd.
3:30 Partial Credit, an RPI a cappella musical group will perform.
Please come join us, show your support, and have a bit of fun at the same time!