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Sherburn Theater to host fund-raiser

September 4, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

SHERBURN - This weekend, a trek to the Sherburn Theater to watch the movie "Madagascar 3" will help upgrade the theater's projector.

"All proceeds of admission are going to the digital projector fund-raiser," said Mike Schwartz, who manages the theater with his wife, Nikki. "We will also match what we raise up to $1,000."

Admission price for the event is a donation.

Fund-raisers for the digital projector upgrade have pushed donations past the halfway point.

"The [Sherburn Task Force] just put the tiny window up to about $40,000 on the sign," Schwartz said of a filmstrip chart documenting the amount of money raised for the project.

The cost of one digital projector is $75,000. The upgrade is a necessity to show new movies, which are all going to digital. The task force also hopes to raise enough to make the projector 3-D compatible, and also to move the screen farther back in order to give the theater more stage room for live performances, such as plays and concerts.

Throughout the spring and summer, funds have been brought in through events and direct donations from people and businesses. Several local businesses are also conducting their own fund-raisers to contribute to the cause.

"This is something we've been wanting to do for a while; it was just a matter of finding a weekend that worked," Schwartz said. "We talked about it all summer, and we wanted to do it when everyone was around, not on vacation or busy. We thought this weekend would be good because school's back in session and people should be around."

The Sherburn Task Force hopes to wrap up fund-raising in November with a steak fry and raffle, but more fund-raisers could be announced between now and then.

"I think it's important to keep the theater open for everyone," Schwartz said.

Those wishing to donate to the theater directly can send donations to Bank Midwest in Sherburn. Checks must be made out to Region 9 Area Inc., with "Sherburn Theater" in the memo blank.



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