Seats for the Soul – IndieGoGo Fundraiser
UPDATE October 2, 2014:
Three Cheers for Everyone! The seat covers have been replaced and repairs have been done – they are beautiful and the WCT looks so classy! Come one come all to sit and enjoy the fruits of our community project – admire them and enjoy the comfort. See you at the Willits Community Theatre! Huge gratitude to all who contributed to this project!
Thanks to the team who worked together to make our fundraising campaign to refurbish the theater seats such a success. To date, we have received over $9,000 in donations to ensure the success of this project.
Thanks to Al Rosen for his fantastic video and editing skills, and to Linda Posner who directed and narrated the video. Thanks to Galen and Tara, the special young people featured in the video and to the back-up players who rounded out the cast. Thanks to Dick Graham who graciously donated his precious rehearsal time to allow his cast to participate in the video.
The publicity was awesome. Thanks to Kitty Norris as the social media maven for keeping it pumping and to Freddie Long for passing our promos on to her mailing list. Steve Hellman wrote wonderful press releases, the Willits News and Willits Weekly were gracious in running all of our promos, and dear Emmy Good provided that last minute, unsolicited, fabulous endorsement letter that helped bring us over the top.
This was truly a community effort and I am so amazed and grateful for the outpouring of support for the Willits Community Theatre. It is up to the WCT folks, now, to get to work and get those seats done!
With humble thanks for all of your support,
Thanks to our generous contributors:
Anonymous, Anonymous, Barbara Willens, Belle Hicks, Beth Rosen, Bill & Emmy Good, Bill Barksdale, Brian Weller & Freddie Long, Bruce Andich, MD; Carlin Diamond, Christopher Martin, Cyndee Logan, Dave and Jenny Watts, Don & Annie Samson, Donna Vaiano, Eldon Moilanen, Fran Koliner, Frank and Georgia Galey, Gail Richards, Gordon & Karen Oslund, Greg Byers, Harvey Frankle & Jackie Pelner-Frankle, Henry Rued DDS, Henry Shebitz, Howard Memorial Hospital, Ilene Weeks, Jason Edington, Jean Morawski, Jennifer O’Brien, Joanne Franklin, Joyce Waters, Keith & Lynne Matheny, Keith Rutledge and Nancy Simpson, Kate Black, Kitty Norris, Lanny Cotler, Larry & Lynn Tunstall, Lee and Evelyn Persico, Len & Betty Cudney, Linda MacDonald, Linda McNiel, Linda Posner, Lynn Davis, Madge Strong, Margie Handley, Maria Norris, Mariposa Market, Mary Burns & Dennis Miller, Mary Zellachild, Matt Holzhauer, Michael & Christine Griggs, Neil and Amy Elliott, North Valley Bank, Pat Collins, Patti Williams, Patsy Broeske, Pipeworks Brewing Chicago, Richard Graham, Ron Ragan & Martha Carol, Ruth Young, Sal & Sandi Madrigal, Sara O’Brien, Steve Hellman, Sunny Cordell/Mike Principati, Susan & Norm McLean, Tamara Adams, Tania Borras, Wendy Hilderbrand, Wendy Wilmes, Willits Mobile Lock & Key, Willits Rotary.
The Willits Community Theater (WCT) is one of those places that makes Willits special. For over 20 years we have enjoyed so many great performances.
Now the seats have become downright shabby. Using the tool of crowd sourcing, your donations can help raise the $7,500 needed to refurbish and recover these seats.
Go to www.igg.me/at/wct-seats-for-the-soul.
If you are not comfortable donating on line, please come by the Goods’ Shoppe and put something in our WCT collection can. No amount is too small. How about a group of you getting together and honoring a local community hero (living or past) by collecting $300 to place on a seat a brass plaque with the name of the one you wish to honor.
We are already over 60% and still have until May 29th. Thanks to all who have donated. You are the community in WCT.
Emmy Good, theater lover
What is Seats for the Soul About?
From humble beginnings in 1977, the Willits Community Theatre has developed into a well-established theatrical organization that has produced over 135 main stage performances for the community of Willits. Our stage has offered classics, musicals, children’s theatre, improvisation, mystery, cabaret, comedy, drama, experimental and original works by local authors. Truly a Center for the Performing Arts, the WCT also hosts up to 8 to 10 concert performances per year by many Grammy-award winning musicians as well as having participated in the SF Bay Area’s ODC Walking Distance Dance Festival in Willits .
All of that adds up to a lot of bottoms sitting on our theater seats.
Well-worn from many years of use, all of the seats need a substantial re-furbishing. Our campaign goal is to re-cover all 67 seats in sturdy fabric so that our audiences can enjoy another 35-plus years of quality entertainment in comfort and safety.
What We Need & What You Get
Theatre upholstery is expensive! Labor and fabric charges will cost more than $100 per seat. We have already investigated replacing the theater seats but that turns out to be not a viable option. So we are coming to you to ask for your financial support. Our funding goal is $7500 to cover all expenses.
Our donor perks invite you to participate in theater activities. It is our policy to keep the COMMUNITY in WILLITS COMMUNITY THEATRE. Anything from $10 to $1000 is welcome. If you are unable to contribute money, we equally welcome your volunteer energy.
Besides feeling intensely proud of yourselves, of our incredible community, and of our jewel of a theatre, here’s what you get when you contribute:
SEAT SPONSOR $10
List in program thru Dec 2015
SEAT SUPPORTER $25
List in program thru Dec 2015 , 2 comp ticket coupons for ONE show
SEAT STEWARD $50
List in program thru Dec 2015 , 4 comp ticket coupons for ONE show
SEAT SANTA $100
List in program thru Dec 2015 , 4 comp ticket coupons for ONE show plus invite for 2 to Gala
SEAT SWEETHEART $200
List in program thru Dec 2015, invite for 2 to Gala, plus 2 season passes
SEAT SAVIOR $300
List in program thru Dec 2015, invite for 2 to Gala, 2 season passes, Brass plaque
SEAT SULTAN $500
List in program thru Dec 2015, invite for 2 to Gala , 2 season passes , Brass plaque . Dinner and theatre for 2 with Director
SEAT SUPERSTAR $1000
List in program thru Dec 2015, invite for 2 to Gala, 2 season passes , Brass plaque , dinner and theatre for 2 with Director . Name(s) on lobby plaque
Other Ways You Can Help
We realize that some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. Here are other ways to help:
1. Contact the theater and offer your services as a volunteer in an area of your choice.
2. Share this page on your Facebook page (simply click the Facebook logo at the left side of this page)
3. Tell your friends about Willits Community Theatre and encourage them to visit our IndieGoGo Fundraising Page.
4. Visit us in downtown Willits and discover the excitement of local live theater!