Monday, February 7, 2011

Mayor's Ball donates $5,000 to Oddfellows

Two weeks ago, the Committee for the Mayor's Ball declared that Oddfellows Playhouse will be beneficiary of funds raised at the event. An average of $15,000 has been raised in past years.

In yesterday's building collapse, Oddfellows lost 36 years of costumes and props. According to Committee co-chair Sandra Russo-Driska, because response to the Mayor's Ball with Oddfellows Playhouse as beneficiary has been so popular, so early, the committee decided to make an early donation of $5,000 to Oddfellows.

"The words are so inadequate, but we thank everyone for Oddfellows," Producing Artistic Director of Oddfellows Jeffrey Allen said. "But not just for Oddfellows, but for the youth of Middletown. As the saying goes: the show must go on."

The sixth-annual Mayor’s Ball, Cirque de Joie, will take place at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and are available at the mayor’s office or the town clerk’s office in city hall at (860)344-3400.

Donations can also be made online to Oddfellows Playhouse.

Photo Credit: Ed McKeon, Middletown Eye

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