Center Theatre says ‘don’t attend our fundraiser’

DOVER-FOXCROFT – This Independence Day, the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts invites you to celebrate in a way that requires no dress-up, no driving, and no leaving your favorite summer spot. The theatre has announced its 4th of July Stay at Camp Fundraiser – a unique opportunity to support the Center Theatre while enjoying the holiday from the comfort of home or camp.

“We know there’s always a lot to do in the summer,” said Patrick Myers, the Center Theatre’s executive director. “While the theatre certainly needs support for our work to make arts, education and entertainment accessible to our community, we knew it would be a challenge to get something organized. So we decided not having a fundraiser would be a fun way to ask for support and encourage people to enjoy the 4th of July any way they want.”

This “non-event” is not taking place on July 4. The theatre’s announcement also states that cocktails will not be available at 6 p.m., dinner will not be served at 7 p.m., there will not be entertainment at 8 p.m. and the Center Theatre will not be hosting a fireworks display at dusk. The theatre is asking the public to support the ‘non-event’ by donating what they might have spent if they had attended. Suggested donation levels include $25 for the unneeded babysitter, $50 from not filling the gas tank on the car, or $100 for not having to choose the chicken or fish entrée for dinner. 

Myers said that everyone is invited to not attend this fundraiser and support the Center Theatre. Supporters can contribute by visiting, scanning the QR code on the event flyer, calling the theatre at 207-564-8943, or dropping by the theatre at 20 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Those who don’t attend the fundraiser are encouraged to post pictures of themselves not attending on the 4th of July with the hashtag #CenterTheatreNonEvent. 

By choosing not to attend this non-event, you will be supporting the Center Theatre’s mission to engage and inspire by making arts, education and entertainment accessible to our rural communities. The Center Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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