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Prizery fundraiser helps finance Summer Theater / May 13, 2013
The Prizery is undertaking another fundraiser, this one to help finance Summer Theater shows which will include Oliver, Red, White and Broadway and Legally Blonde.

Working with Kickstarter, an internet provider, the goal is to raise $20,000 in just 21 days. They’re off to a good start having raised over $5,000 in the first three days after having just started last Wednesday, May 8.

The Prizery has until May 29 to complete its goal. It’s done through Amazon, said Project Director Chris Jones, who said it is an easy way for people to make donations and it’s safe and secure.

There are certain perks for donors with the largest one — tickets to the opening nights of the three shows — being for donors who contribute over $1,000. Smaller donors will get t-shirts, caps and other things.

Jones says in order to make a donation people need to open Kickstarters, then click on “The Oliver Project.”

Several large donors have already made contributions to the Summer Theater program including ODEC, Benchmark Bank, ABB, Halifax Regional Hospital, Common Grounds and the Midatlantic Broadband Corporation.

Last year the Prizery used Kickstarter and was able to raise some $27,000 in just 14 days. “They raise more money for the arts than does the National Endowment for the Arts,” Jones said.

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I realise I'm a technophobic dinosaur, what with all the electronic diddlers that are constantly in everyone's hands and face, but what pray tell is wrong with writing these folks a good old-fashioned check to support their worthwhile programs? Makes no sense to me to go thru a middleman organization that is going to get its cut, when a couple minutes spent writing a check, addressing an envelope and putting it in outgoing mail can accomplish the same thing? And no, I do not believe ANYONE is too busy to take the time to do that, no matter what they claim.

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