CHALLENGE MET — From the left, Dan Majerus, Branch President of Stockman Bank and Vanessa Bucklin, VP, Commercial-Ag Loan Officer for the bank present a challenge match check for $20,000 to Helen Elliott, President of the Pondera Arts Council and George Tornga, Orpheum Theatre manager on Wednesday. The funding will go towards the purchase of new digital projector equipment for the OrpheumTheatre. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
On Wednesday, the Stockman Bank announced that their ‘challenge,’ to help raise funds for the Pondera Arts Council (PAC) and Orpheum Theatre/Wiegand Auditorium, has been met.
Readers will recall that at the end of last month, Stockman Bank put out a challenge to the Conrad community and surrounding area, and agreed to match every $1 raised by the community, with up to $.50, up to a maximum donation of $20,000.
In a surprising four weeks time, the challenge was completed!
Over $40,000 was raised and with the addition of Stockman’s $20,000, the PAC will now have the funds needed to purchase a new digital projector for the Orpheum Theatre.
However, fund-raising efforts are not over yet. The theatre is still seeking donations to help fund the initial installation costs as well as any final equipment costs associated with running the new projector.
“We are lucky to have such a generous community and we were shocked to see how quickly everyone came together to support this great cause,” said Dan Majerus, Branch President of Stockman Bank in Conrad.
He went on to add, “Being able to keep the theatre open will be such a super asset to our community and surrounding area.”
George Tornga, projection manager, commented, “I am just in awe, it’s amazing how the community stepped UP to help us out.”
In a side note, there are 58 movies a year and 214 showings per year.
There are 428 hours of projection time and 642 hours of theatre time in showing the movies.
There is one more fund-raiser and that will be at Ed’s Tavern on May 12 with an auction and dance.
Watch the I-O for more details as they become available.
Editor’s note: I-O Editor Buck Traxler contributed to this article.