Monday, March 12, 2012

UPDATED 3/20: Manatee Players to make 'major announcement'


The Manatee Players' new home near the Bradenton Riverwalk/Photo provided.

Bradenton's best theater company apparently has some big news to share.

The Manatee Players will hold a press conference 4 p.m. March 20 (it's a Tuesday) at their new, not-yet-finished Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton.

A "major announcements will be made by the Manatee Players, Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and the Manatee Community Foundation at this event," reads the email issued today.

The public is invited to attend.

I'll be there reporting.

Incidentally, it might have something to do with this, currently posted on the Manatee Players' website:
Well... you've listened to us talk about the need to finish the Manatee Performing Arts Center for six years. You'll be happy to hear that there is light at the end of the tunnel and you can help us get there! An incredible matching funds opportunity has become available to us for a very limited amount of time.

Donations as small as $25 and as large as $1,000 will be matched during "The 36-Hour Giving Challenge-Where Community Meets Philanthropy". This event starts on Tuesday March 27 at 6:00 a.m. EST and runs through Wednesday March 28 at 6:00 p.m. EST This is an online event so people around the world can help us reach our goal. The earlier in the morning that you log onto the website, the greater chance that more matching dollars will be ours.

Let's say that you are an early bird and log on at the very beginning and donate $100, that $100 will be matched making the donation $200. Another philanthropic group, unique to the Manatee Players, will then match that $200 making the final donation $400. Not an early bird? If you send the information needed below, we can do that for you, since staff will be at the office before the 6:00 a.m. kick-off. Here's what information is needed:
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