Albany, NY

Community theater winners of local man's fundraiser

Carol Durant
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The fundraiser for local theaters in the 518 area code is officially over. It was a success! The brainchild of Andy O'Rourke, an actor who aspires to own his own theater company is ecstatic. Andy admits that the process was a lot harder than he expected, but he is glad that he was able to help his theater colleagues. With the assistance of family, friends, local media and social media the fundraiser gained awareness and people started to purchase and donate.

"Custom Ink, a platform that specializes in fundraising was a pleasure to work with." Andy said they responded to his email and phone calls in a timely manner and were very friendly. Their design and fundraising suggestions definitely helped our team remain focused and moving forward. The core team consisted of three people, but Andy said that "we were mighty." "We used Facebook, Facebook messenger, Facebook Live, LinkedIn, Instagram, Instagram Live, text messages, emails and Twitter to get the fundraiser out to the masses. We constantly talked to family and friends and asked them to share the posts. Local country radio station Froggy 103.5 added the event to their community calendar." An appearance on Everything Theater with Ellen Cribbs and Benita Zahn assured us that the local theater community was involved as well.

People purchased t-shirts and hoodies. They nominated their favorite theater company and donated additional monies. Custom Ink generously extended our fundraiser for an extra ten days to assist us in making our goal. Thanks to everyone's support and hard work, the merchandise purchased will be shipped out at the end of the month. The first two winning theater companies receiving the donations are the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls, NY and Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York in Albany, NY. There was a tie for third place between The Park Theater in Glens Falls, NY and The Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, NY and they split the money between them. "It's wonderful that people generously supported us during the holidays and beyond. I will never be able to thank them enough. Raising over five hundred dollars during the holidays and into this year, shows the love and support that people have for theater in the 518 area code. All the theaters that have won have already been contacted and will receive their funds by the beginning of February. Thanks again to all of you and have a positive and productive 2022."

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