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Nov. 14, 2018 | Wednesday
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Yellow Door receives $13,000 grant from Wise Guys
From left to right, Elisabeth Cornett, Greg Kirchofer, Paul McBride (Yellow Door board members), Chris Sinclair (Wiseguys) Dale Merrill (YD board chair), Catherine Skinner (YD board) Andorlie Hillstrom (YD artistic director), Kara-Lee Simpson (YD board). (Supplied photo)

Yellow Door Theatre Project students were given another reason to sing Nov. 4, when Wise Guys Charity fund presented the local charitable organization with $13,000 towards renovation efforts at its new location in Virgil.

After taking up residence at 504 Line Two Road, the company is slowly transforming the former fitness studios into a versatile rehearsal, special event, and performance venue – no small task for a new charity, run on volunteer steam and grant money alone.

The $13,000 will be used to implement seating and curtains in the studio, a space that not only serves the young students and performers of Yellow Door, but is available for community use as well.

“Our organization is growing, and in order to serve our performers and the many local residents who have approached us about rehearsal space, a studio to teach classes, or a place to host a special event, we need some cosmetic improvements to our studios,” says Yellow Door Artistic Director Andorlie Hillstrom. 

“This very generous contribution will help us reach those goals, and it also shows the region that Yellow Door is a worthwhile cause to support. We are teaching young people skills that will help them beyond their time on stage, and growing future leaders for our Niagara communities.” 

The Wise Guys (and Wise Girls) Charitable Fund has been around for nearly thirty years and is committed to raising awareness and financial support for local causes in Niagara. The organization hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the region, and then disperses funds raised to various charitable organizations seeking support.

Board of Directors member, Chris Sinclair (BrandBlvd) was on hand to present the cheque to the Yellow Door Board.

The young cast of the upcoming production of Robin Hood was also in attendance, as were several parents and supporters from the community.

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