Fundraising Goal Topped for Theatre

A campaign to save Theatre West Virginia has topped its $100,000 goal and the excess money will be used as matching funds to obtain grants.

Board member Susan Hambric says the campaign raised more than $133,000.

Hambric says securing more and larger grants will help ensure the company's future. She says many grants require matching funds.

Theatre West Virginia supporters launched the campaign on December 5 after the Raleigh County company lost $100,000 in state funding.

Without the state subsidy, general manager Gayle Bowling had said the company would likely have to close by the end of 2008.

Theatre West Virginia's productions include the outdoor historical dramas "Honey in the Rock" and "Hatfields and McCoys."


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