The Globe Theater unveils its public fundraising campaign

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Public contributions to the Globe Theater’s $34 million redevelopment project will be matched up to $500,000 by an anonymous donor.

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The next phase of a massive fundraising initiative was launched on Wednesday for the Globe Theater redevelopment in Regina.

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Globe’s fundraising campaign is now open to donations from the general public via a special website (reimaginetheglobe.com). It was also announced Wednesday that an anonymous donor will match public contributions up to a maximum of $500,000.

“We are very pleased today to kick off our crowdfunding campaign with a matching donation of $500,000 from an anonymous donor,” executive director Jaime Boldt said in a prepared statement. “This means that the impact of each donation made is doubled. We are very grateful to this donor and their idea to increase the donated dollars, helping us gain momentum towards our campaign goal.

Renovations to the iconic theater began in 2020 and are expected to be completed by December 2023 at an expected cost of $34 million. The demolition phase is due to be completed towards the end of May, when construction can begin.

Three levels of government are expected to contribute $26.5 million, with the rest covered by Globe’s fundraising efforts.

Two major gifts were announced last fall when local entrepreneurs Andrew and Chantel MacCorquodale contributed $3 million to the project while Gordon Rawlinson, owner of Rawlco Radio, added another $1 million.

The Globe Theater facilities in the historic Prince Edward Building were later renamed the Globe Theater in MacCorquodale Place.

Primarily through private sponsorships, the organization is already halfway to its goal of raising $12 million through the fundraising campaign. This money is used for the rest of the renovations as well as a fund for the operation, programming and maintenance of the theatre.

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The new public campaign also allows individuals or businesses to sponsor a seat in the theater for $5,000 over a 10-year period. They will receive a commemorative plaque for the seat.

Details about reimaginetheglobe.com.

“The hope for the new Globe Theater at MacCorquodale Place is that it not only continues to attract patrons to great shows, young people to drama school, local artists and theater makers to work in our community and on the main stage, but also opens up to new people engaged in the theater arts in our city,” added Boldt.

“Downtown Regina is in the process of revitalization, and the Globe plays an important role there. We are hopeful for the future of downtown Regina and are excited to play a part in creating a vibrant destination in the heart of the city in 2024.”

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