Gard Theater membership drive is ongoing.
The Membership drive for the Community Theater Association takes place every spring beginning March 1. The Community Theater Association is a non-profit organization with the purpose of maintaining a viable community theater building for the River Valley area. Membership fees are used to underwrite the cost of maintenance and improvements at the Gard Theater in Spring Green. The Gard Theater provides a public place for live performances of drama, dance and music as well as weekly movie showings.
The Gard started showing movies again on July 1. Attendance has been slow to return to pre-pandemic levels but that will take some time. We have made some repairs to our roof as well as a wall in our basement area . We hope to remove some old fuel oil tanks in our basement this spring. We received $5000 from the People’s Community Bank in recognizing Jack Johnson for his many years of dedicated service with the bank. We plan to use the gift toward replacing the awnings on the exterior of the Gard, We have also ordered some new hearing devices that will help some of our movie goers enjoy their movie experience even more. These hearing devices will include headphones and also closed captioning devices. Needless to say, none of these projects would be possible without the support of our membership. President Mark Scoles recently said, “The Gard Theater has been a valuable asset to the River Valley area for many years. The Gard is very fortunate to have the support of so many people – the members of the Community Theater Association, movie goers and the many citizens who have enjoyed numerous live events at the Gard. This tremendous support will allow the Gard to remain a viable part of the River Valley area for years to come.”
Scoles says memberships are needed at every level for the fund drive to continue having the success it has had in recent years. “All contributions are much appreciated. The support the association has received in the past has been very gratifying. Looking at the improvements that have been made at the theater, people in the River Valley area can take pride in what has been accomplished through their generosity and support,” Scoles said.
The association’s membership roster has steadily increased from one year to the next as people have come to an understanding of the value of membership benefits.
“Movie fans have been making good use of the season passes available at the supporter, donor and sponsor levels,” Scoles noted. “The passes are easily worth more than three times the price of the memberships,” he added.
The annual membership drive is a key element in the association’s fund-raising efforts. Memberships can be purchased at several levels. Each level has its own set of corresponding benefits.
Membership levels and benefits are as follows:
Single memberships: $45 per year. Contributors at this level receive two free movie tickets and have their names listed in the Home News and on the website.
Family memberships: $75 per year. Contributors receive four free movie tickets and have their names listed in the Home News and on the website.
Supporter: $160 per year. Supporters receive two season movie passes and have their names listed in the Home News and on the website.
Donor: $275 per year. Donors receive four season movie passes and have their names listed in the Home News and on the website.
Sponsor: $550 per year. Sponsorship contributors, a level designed for corporate donors, receive eight season passes and have their names listed in the Home News and on the website.
Membership contribution checks should be sent to:
Community Theater Association
c/o Bonnie Richardson at E4790 Kennedy Rd.
Spring Green, WI 53588