The celebration that many feared might never happen DID happen, on Saturday, June 18! And what a celebration it was!! The Academy Historic Theatre Restoration Campaign was complete at 16.75 million dollars, exceeding the goal set in 2012 of 16.6 million! Over 1,000 donors at all levels were invited to gather at the Warehouse Theatre for a spectacular evening to enjoy the fabulous Diamond Hill Baptist Church choir, to dance to some of the best bands in the region – Tony Camm, Chamomile and Whisky and Jeff Carl, to hear heartfelt expressions of gratitude for their faithful and generous support, and just to join together to share the joy of success as a community of people who believed so deeply, despite the frustrations and the ups and downs of 25 years of effort, that this was a goal worth reaching. I’ve been around this project since 2003, and believe me, the joy and relief, even disbelief, that this day had come was real. And though all knew there was much work yet to be done, morale and hope had been lifted. Perhaps Poet Nick George of The Listening said it best when he delivered his ode to the Academy and […]
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