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$100K Donation Received By Vogue Theatre Restoration Campaign

PR Newswire

MANISTEE, Mich., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the eve of it's opening weekend, an anonymous donor has made a $100,000 charitable donation to help restore the historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee.  The donation carries a condition: that an equal amount be first raised by the Vogue Capital Campaign. Over $2.1 million toward the $2.4 million goal will have been secured once the $100,000 donation is matched.

"It is with the gratitude of the entire community that we accept this contribution," said Steve Brower, Capital Campaign chair. "We are already receiving donations to rapidly match this gift and we expect the pace will continue when people see the magnificent interior of the Theatre this weekend and enjoy this world class entertainment experience." 

Brower said that tickets are available for a "sneak peak" fundraiser scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 where the Theatre's new "Pure Michigan" main screen will show a first run film selected by academy award winning film producer Michael Moore.  Attendees can select from one of two options, including one with a gourmet dining experience at Manistee's new "Blue Fish Kitchen."  Films will be shown throughout the Dec. 7-8 weekend that also coincides with Manistee's renown Victorian Sleighbell Parade and related festivities. More information is available by going to or

"In making this gift, the donor recognized the importance of the Theatre to the revitalization of Manistee's downtown and the significance of the Theatre as a regional asset," Brower said. "Over 600 organizations and individuals have made donations or grants to make this dream a reality.   And we are only hours away from seeing the fruits of that generosity on the Pure Michigan main screen."

The restoration of the Vogue Theatre is the largest volunteer-led, community-driven project in Manistee's history. The Theatre will be operated largely by volunteers, modeled after the highly successful State Theatre in Traverse City.

SOURCE Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee