The Honey Family Foundation, at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, brings The Bank Theatre a very generous contribution of $100,000 towards their revitalization project; creating a state of the art facility in Leamington. The Honey Family Foundation has previously donated $75,000 towards naming the Green Room at the Theatre. They have come back to the table, as part of the Bank Theatre Matching Program, with a second contribution in hopes that it will incite other individuals, foundations and corporations in the community to follow suit.
Michael Honey, of the Honey Family Foundation, encourages support for the community theatre stating that “this donation is the second donation made by the Honey Family Foundation in backing this strategic community project. This donation is also a challenge to existing donors to do the same. "We are half way there. Let's get the job done!”
As part of the presentation at Leamington Council meeting March 5, 2018, Ursula Tiessen of The Bank Theatre brings thanks from the group. “This is such a great community initiative that helps round out our municipal offerings to our residents” notes Tiessen. “What an amazing opportunity for everyone to get involved and be part of the success story!”
Since November 2017, the Sun Parlour Players Community group has raised over $95,000 in contributions. “With the donation from The Honey Family Foundation, this represents nearly 50% of the $400K community matching program that Council supported in the Fall of 2017,” remarks Mayor John Paterson. “Council and Administration are beyond pleased to see our community come together to support The Bank Theatre. Thank you to the Honey Family Foundation for being an example of generosity in our community and for their continued support of the Bank Theatre.”
Community fundraising efforts to support the renovations are ongoing and every dollar raised, both from private citizens and corporate sponsors will be matched by the Municipality of Leamington. The Municipality matching support program is capped at $400,000 and is in effect until April 2018. This total to date is the culmination of individual & corporate financial donations and fundraising events. For those interested in making a donation to the Bank Theatre Matching Program or for more information, please visit www.banktheatre.com.
Michael Honey and father Gary raise the curtain to $200,000.00!!
Left to right: Mayor John Paterson, Dennis Dick, Councillor Larry Verbeke, Michael Honey, Gary Honey and Councillor Tim Wilkinson
Photo by Municipality of Leamington