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Vote ‘Yes’ for merger

By Staff | Apr 30, 2010

To the editor,

The perfect place to live is about to become more perfect. Live theater will thrive on Sanibel as a result of BIG ARTS and The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater forming a partnership that benefits our community as well as both organizations. Island residents will continue to enjoy quality theatrical entertainment and tourism will flourish because yet another feature will be added to Sanibel’s list of special assets.

Two major arts organizations working together will be a “win-win”, “what’s not to like?” situation, and I for one – as a member of The Schoolhouse Foundation – will vote “Yes” at the special meeting on April 30. I urge all Foundation members to do the same.

Those who are not members can also participate in this exciting merger by making a donation to the theater’s endowment fund. Simply write a check to “BIG ARTS Endowment” and put “Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater” in the memo section. Your contribution will be matched up to $500,000 by Steve and Debbie Klug, along with their Family Foundation, to supplement a lavish $1,000,000 gift from John and Mary Jo Boler.

Community benefactors have stepped forward to enrich the island by alleviating the financial challenges of our beautiful, state-of-the-art theater. Please show your appreciation of their generosity by voting “Yes” on April 30 and making a financial contribution to the theater’s endowment fund.

Claudia Burns