WBTT Theatre Groundbreaking Highlights

WBTT Theatre Groundbreaking Highlights


[Music Playing] This is Sarasota Florida in real-time.
This is a history-making moment and you’re witnessing this history. Today
marks the beginning of the renovation of the Gerri Aaron and the Aaron Foundation
theater building. This theater building is rightfully named for the late Gerri
Aaron who serves as honorary chair for this campaign and because of her
philanthropic leadership of a lead gift of 1 million dollars for the theater
renovation I can truthfully say that Gerri’s gift inspired more than 300
people to provide the funding for this Project. We are so terribly sorry that
Gerri Aaron could not be with us to see this she would have loved the ceremony
the groundbreaking she’d be so excited to see the theater. We didn’t know she
was gonna go you know so this this seed planting here really had more meaning
than we ever knew because she would be able to follow it up so it really is
your responsibility so I’m gonna do what my mom would do is just say let’s keep
it going that investment and she would never she would never have invested that
to the extent that she did if she didn’t trust this organization, if she didn’t
trust the mission, the leadership, the artistic level the quality of the
artistic level and that people would show but if you build it they will come
I think she really believed that it It means everything to me it means a
possibility it means a dream coming alive it means more opportunity for
aspiring artists to achieve their accomplishments in their dreams. This
facility will be a perpetual institution for the education the mentorship and the
development of young vibrant talent I am so
happy to Gerri Aaron and all of the contributors who have made today
possible to give these wonderful artists chance and opportunity. Well we’re
standing right now in the new lobby space that before was a very tight lobby
that you came into so we’re standing in the lobby and the backdrop that you’re
looking at me is actually the two-story theatre space that will now have a
tension grid will they be able to change the lights out quickly but yet not lose
the quaintness of the original theater permanent seating as well so very
exciting on that. I feel for one I’m a part of something spectacular historical
and two it’s just it’s great to see growth because even if you can’t see it
on a day to day basis when you look back you notice how far you’ve really come
and I never had a sense of family within work like I do with this company. So as
founder and visionary I am floating on a cloud it is one of the most special days
of my life. [Music Playing. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher]

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