Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre reaches $5 million fundraising goal
July 29, 2010
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (RMRT) kicked off its “Raise the Curtain” capital campaign July 11, 2008, with a public block party. Just two years later, on July 16, 2010, the campaign has reached its $5 million goal.
Construction is under way at 404 Vine Street – where the block party took place in 2008 – on a 296-seat theater, which will include a lobby, dressing rooms and a rehearsal/youth theater room.
“The amount of county-wide support was incredible. I can’t express my full gratitude for this community’s generosity and vision,” said Judy Jensen, campaign chair. “From each five dollars slipped into our donation box, all the way up to our six-figure donors, every dollar added up and was so appreciated.”
RMRT’s “Take Your Seat, Leave Your Legacy” chair naming campaign was extremely successful over the final weeks, especially with an RMRT board member matching each chair donation.
Currently 209 of the 296 chairs have been purchased for the theater. RMRT will continue to accept chair donations with the funds supporting additional capital costs previously cut from the project.
The RMRT Board is also in the process of setting up an endowment fund.
RMRT received grant awards from multiple local and statewide foundations, including the Gates Family Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Sprout Fund, El Pomar Foundation and the Grand Foundation.
“A town of 445 year-round residents can rally together and raise $5 million over two years – only in Grand Lake. Thank you to all who helped make this dream a reality,” said Chad Scott, capital campaign manager.