The Hippodrome Theatre has announced the launch of a special fundraiser.
Nathan S. Collier, of the Collier Companies, and his wife Ani Collier, a former professional ballet dancer from Bulgaria, have generously offered a 10-year, dollar-for-dollar fundraising campaign to help secure the future of Gainesville’s 46-year old professional theatre and its many associated educational and community programs.
“The Hippodrome Theatre is a cultural jewel for Gainesville, an incredible asset,” Nathan Collier said. “Ensuring its long-term viability is important for our artistic future.”
The campaign, dubbed “The Collier Challenge,” is a true matching-gift program. The Colliers will match every new 10-year pledge, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000 per year – for the full 10 years. Donations will go toward actors’ salaries, script royalties, educational programming, etc., and the Colliers’ gift will be kept in an unrestricted endowment fund that will help stabilize the theatre’s operations into the future.
“This is a community that truly values the arts and their impact on the quality of life in our region. We have a long history of people stepping up when it counts, like Nathan and Ani are doing now,” said Artistic Director Stephanie Lynge. “We know Gainesville will follow their lead and couldn’t be more grateful and excited.”
The Hippodrome Theatre is a professional regional theatre founded in 1973. The non-profit organization has provided artistic excellence to the Gainesville area through NEA award-winning mainstage productions, art-house films, arts education, a visual art gallery and special event programming for 46 years.