Save our community theater! Madison Street Theater, home to OVATION ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, needs YOUR help before the pipes freeze! Before the temperatures drop and the first big snow falls, we MUST raise $60,000 to replace the now DEAD HVAC systems at MST.
This has become URGENT now because 2 of the 5 HVAC systems have DIED. These are the 2 that service that main part of the building and they are now BEYOND REPAIR. The remaining 3 systems are on the brink of dying too. We have been turned down for financing and can't wait for a grant to come through IF we would qualify. So before the temperatures fall and the big snows come, we must raise $60,000 to purchase and install 5 new HVAC systems. If MST can't raise this money, we will have to winterize the building and close down until we are able to get new systems online. We need to keep MST OPEN and this investment is critical.
The vendors, the Village of Oak Park's building department and our team have everything in place and ready... now we need the money! The service vendor and equipment manufacturers have reduced their pricing and offered extended service contracts, as a 501(c)3 all taxes were removed and MST qualifies for free building permits. We have done everything on our side to squeeze every penny out of this project. Now we are out of time. We must get the cranes out front and the new equipment installed AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
MST’s board of directors, along with an army of volunteers, have been working for nearly 18 months to bring the theater back from a decade of neglect. Many improvements have already been made, but any further delay in restoring heat to our facility could cause significant damage to the building and will force us to close. With your help we know we can do this! The vendors, the Village of Oak Park and our team have everything in place and ready... we just need the money!
For over 2500 years, people have been coming together in shared spaces for common experiences of drama and music, comedy and spectacle, education and remembrance. A microcosm of human experience, theater provides a window both to the world around us and the worlds inside each of us, and gives rise to the breadth of emotion that defines us. Our theaters are magical places to be treasured and protected.
Madison Street Theater in Oak Park, Illinois, is one of those magical spaces, and we need your help NOW to ensure that it survives and thrives.
The MST Board of Directors
Jane Anne Campbell Ned Crowley John Dalton Juan Gonzalez Lisa Green Leigh Ann Hughes Michael Jones Kara Keller John Paulett Tina Reynolds
Visit the websites to learn more about Madison Street Theater https://www.mstoakpark.com/ and our anchor tenant OVATION http://ovationacademy.org/
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