LETTER: Help Bellevue arts center pay off its debt

Many cities much larger than Bellevue would love to have an arts center that is still running and "in the black."
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Many cities much larger than Bellevue would love to have an arts center that is still running and "in the black."

When officials speak of our city to developers and corporations they cite the Bellevue Society for the Arts as one of the major attractions in our city along with the great schools and community hospital.

Almost 15 years ago, a group of theater lovers started the BSA and for more than 12 years BSA has been housed in the building we are in now. Some major contributors have helped us along the way. Two buildings and the grounds were donated to BSA by Jim and Nancy Shelley. The early volunteer boards set up a rental lobby/theater to make money to finish the 342 seat theater.

A campaign to raise money to finish the theater fell short. The board secured a loan. The BSA is in the eighth year of that loan and would like to pay it off. On the first campaign over 8 years ago we raised more than $250,000, mainly through the generosity of Gary Hirt for whom the theater is named. Another $250,000 would pay off that loan and help renovate and repair the existing buildings.

A community theater offers a less expensive means of entertainment, gives talented youth and young adults a place to show off those talents and a place for people to gather as a community. Please help by making a two-year pledge to the BSA capital campaign.

The theater is named, but there are other rooms that could have naming rights for you, your family's or your group's generous donation. The first half of your pledge may be made out to The Bellevue Society for the Arts with "Pulverize the Payment Plan" in the memo space and sent to The BSA, P.O. Box 493, Bellevue, OH 44811. Your contribution is tax deductible.

If you have questions call 419-483-3152. There are brochures at the BSA building.

Janet Scagnetti

Marketing Chairperson

Bellevue Society for the Arts