Phase two of a three phase renovation to address needed updates to Lyndon State College’s Alexander Twilight Theatre is nearly funded. This phase, requiring a minimum of $40,000, is only $1000 short of goal. Phase two includes dimmers to control new lighting instruments and an architectural control system that allows remote access to house and practice lights. Phase one, which involved the purchase and installation of a modern lighting console, new lighting instruments for the existing circuits, and air conditioning for the lighting booth, was completed in 2012.
To help defray phase two costs, the LSC Alumni Council started the “Take a Seat” program. Theatre seats are purchased with a donation of $100 to $750 and can be purchased by individuals, by a company, or as part of a group. Each purchased seat will have a plaque affixed with the donor’s name. The seat is “owned” for the next five years, when the seats are slated to be replaced.
In November 2013, LSC Foundation board members issued a challenge to the NEK community: the Foundation would match up to $3,000 in gifts to help the Alumni Council raise the last $6,000 of their $40,000 goal. As a result of that challenge, the goal is only $1,000 short. Any community members interested in “taking a seat” are asked to contact Jenny Harris, LSC development officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the theatre fund website. The LSC Foundation and the Alumni Council are trying to reach their goal by January 25, to coincide with the College’s annual Volunteer Celebration.
LSC Foundation challenge matches have a proven track record for fundraising. As a direct result of an earlier challenge match of $25,000, the Promise Scholarship Program received 17 new gifts totaling $25,100 over the course of six months. The Program also received a grant of $50,000 a year for three years from The Canaday Family Foundation. More than $100,000 was raised in 2013 that was directly attributed to the help of the LSC Foundation. The Promise Scholarship helps to provides low-income NEK students who will be among the first in their family to graduate from college with an annual $2,500 – $5,000 scholarship for four years.
The LSC Foundation was founded in 1980 to generate resources that contribute to the artistic, social, cultural and educational development of LSC. It is a community-based, private, nonprofit organization that is maintained by residents of the Northeast Kingdom. The members of the Foundation are committed to the college, proud of the excellent educational opportunities and community services offered, and dedicated to participating in LSC’s future development.
For the past fifty years, the Alexander Twilight Theatre was considered the pinnacle between Montreal and Boston; acts headlining in New York City were routinely booked in Lyndon. The College has kept up with day-to-day maintenance on the Theatre but age has taken its toll.