November 18, 2019

Grand fund-raiser called a success

ELLSWORTH — The director of The Grand theater called a recent fund-raising event a success Wednesday.

George Wojtasik said the “Day for The Grand” promotion held last Sunday raised $3,500 to offset the theater’s operating costs. He and organizer Ken Scweikert of the sponsoring Downtown Merchant’s Association had hoped to raise between $3,000 and $4,000.

Nearly 50 downtown businesses participated either by donating 10 percent of their gross sales to The Grand, or by outright cash donations. The promotion also featured a full day of free entertainment.

The money will supplement The Grand’s membership drive income and programming revenues, and is just enough to balance the facility’s 1992 budget, Wojtasik said.

A haunted theater is being set up for Halloween weekend, and a local production of the musical “Oklahoma” will begin Nov. 6 and play for two weekends.

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