Lakeside Little Theatre’s fundraising program has accumulated almost 3.4 million pesos over the past 18 months. The goal of the exercise is to raise around five million pesos to undertake extensive renovations to the theater.
Money raised so far has come from contributions by more than 60 patrons, show underwritings, special events and accumulation of excess cash flow generated from the theater’s operations. These funds have been deposited in an independent bank account pending the start of the project. All contributions of 1,800 pesos or more, which include a season ticket, are acknowledged in LLT’s show programs.
In an effort to close the funding gap, the board of directors recently decided to offer naming rights to the renovated audience chamber for a contribution of one million pesos by an individual, organization or business. The contributor’s name will be featured at both entrances to the audience chamber, and recognized in LLT’s advertising and publicity.
Funds from this year’s annual Gala, to be held Monday, October 29, at Cumbres Eventos, are earmarked for the theater renovation project. La Cocina de Guille, one of Guadalajara’s most respected caterers, will provide the banquet and renowned vocalist Mariana Vigueras Restelli the entertainment. Each ticket issued to or purchased by a contributor has a value of 2,000 pesos and includes a chance to win the annual door prize. This year’s door prize is a week in New York City, including air fare, accommodation and US$2,500 in cash.