Foothill enters final fundraising stretch |

Foothill enters final fundraising stretch

The Foothill Theatre Company has raised $20,000 in the past two days, bringing the total as of Wednesday to $70,300, in a last-ditch effort to keep the company afloat.

The company has said it needs $90,000 by Friday at 5 p.m. to move forward with the next play, “On Golden Pond,” and keep from closing the doors.

It also is offering season ticket packages as a pledge option.

“In response to public demand, FTC has allowed the sale of flexible season ticket packages good for the remainder of the 2008 season as a way to make a pledge,” the company said in a statement. “These tickets will only be activated if FTC achieves the $90,000 mark by Friday.”

The donations range from $10 to $10,000. “No donation is too small,” the group said.

A spokeswoman credited pledges from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, among others, as giving the fundraising effort a boost.

“(The Nevada City Chamber Board) is sounding the alarms, hoping that each and every member will contribute even just a little bit to help rescue the Foothill Theatre Company,” the board said in a letter to members.

If the company is successful raising the $90,000, it still has another $157,000 needed by the end of the year.

On Friday, county and city officials will meet to discuss how government can better support the arts. The meeting had been planned before Foothill’s troubles surfaced.

To contact Jeff Pelline, e-mail or call 477-4235.

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