Theatre sup­port

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

Two lo­cal com­pa­nies have made en­ter­pris­ing re­sponses to Cen­tre­point Theatre’s cur­rent fundrais­ing cam­paign.

The theatre has un­til De­cem­ber 31 to max­imise a Cre­ative NZ of­fer to match dol­lar for dol­lar any new spon­sor­ship raised, up to $15,000.

Aware of the po­ten­tial $30,000, Palmer­ston North’s Mitre 10 Mega and GoMe­dia/Bacbou In­stal­la­tions have put up fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives for the theatre.

Mitre 10 Mega gen­eral man­ager Be­van Brabyn said fran­chise own­ers An­drew and Vicki Ste­wart were pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the arts.

‘‘Vicki was aware of [the theatre’s] need, made con­tact and asked how they could be in­volved.’’

Brabyn said Mitre 10 Mega had been talk­ing with the theatre over the past three months.

‘‘We’d hate to see such an as­set as Cen­tre­point not be there, and we’ve chat­ted to them about what we could do.’’

He said from Novem­ber 7 to 20 there would be do­na­tion boxes at Mitre 10 Mega check­outs, and the op­er­a­tors will be en­cour­aged to ask ev­ery cus­tomer if they would like to sup­port Cen­tre­point Theatre with a dol­lar do­na­tion on their pur­chases.

‘‘And we will match those do­na­tions dol­lar for dol­lar.’’

On Satur­day, Novem­ber 19 there will be a live in-store ra­dio in­ter­ac­tive with games and prizes in­volv­ing More FM and mem­bers of Cen­tre­point’s The Streaker cast.

‘‘It will all help to build aware- ness,’’ Brabyn said.

Go Me­dia’s Mike Gray said Cen­tre­point are clients, and he and Palmer­ston North’s Dean Shaw have put to­gether a $5000 of­fer as part of the na­tional com­pany’s ‘vo­cal and lo­cal’ phi­los­o­phy, which sup­ports a range of rugby, sport­ing and arts events around the coun­try.

‘‘We’ve al­ways tried to help where we can in the com­mu­nity. We have a re­la­tion­ship with the Tur­bos and other events that take place in Palmy.’’

The Auck­land-based Gray also has fam­ily con­nec­tions to the city.

Go Me­dia/Bacbou will do­nate 10 per cent of any bill­board, bus back or bus shel­ter me­dia book­ing made be­tween now and De­cem­ber 31 for any month over the next year.

Go Me­dia and Bacbou In­stal­la­tions will also do­nate $1000 each, and have chal­lenged other busi­nesses to do the same.

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Rachel Fer­gu­son of bill­board com­pany Go Me­dia/Bacbou In­stal­la­tions.

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