Store to donate portion of sales to Greenwood Little Theatre

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HomeFront Home Improvement Center will donate 5 percent of its proceeds from all sales on Friday and Saturday to the Greenwood Little Theatre’s Renaissance 60 capital campaign.

“Being a local community theater and HomeFront is a locally owned home improvement store, it made for a great community partnership,” said Richard Beattie, a Greenwood Little Theatre board member and chair of the Renaissance 60 committee. “They came to us with this idea and volunteered to do this, so this is a big deal for us.”

Greenwood Little Theatre board members will be on hand at the store during the weekend to greet customers and inform them about the promotion and about the community theater.

“We’ll talk about the history we’ve had, the Renaissance 60 campaign and our upcoming season,” said Beattie.

They will also be selling raffle tickets for $2 each for a chance to win a GripRite air compressor, which has a retail value of $229. HomeFront donated the air compressor for the raffle.

This past year, the Little Theatre celebrated its 60th season.

Located at the W.M. Whittington Jr. Playhouse, Greenwood Little Theatre has hosted 230 live performances during its 60 years and is now the second-longest-running community theater in Mississippi.

In honor of the milestone, Greenwood Little Theatre kicked off its capital campaign, Renaissance 60, in April. The goal is to collect $60,000, which will go toward a restoration of the W.M. Whittington Jr. Playhouse.

The restoration will include updates to the building’s exterior, landscaping, new fencing and resurfacing and re-striping of the parking area.

Beattie said that the capital campaign has been successful, and GLT has reached about 60 percent of its goal. He said that HomeFront’s weekend promotion will help the Little Theatre get even closer to its goal.

“This will be a significant amount, because HomeFront does quite a bit of business particularly this time of year and on the weekends,” said Beattie.

The drawing for the raffle will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15 at HomeFront. Those who purchase tickets need not be present to win. For more information about Greenwood Little Theatre and ways to donate to Renaissance 60, visit www.greenwoodlittletheatre.com.

“I just think that so much gets done at the local level when people get together and partner,” said Beattie. “You don’t have to go outside or go to the state capital or to some sort of national program; we can do a lot more things in this community than we realize if we just get together locally — working together and coming up with new ideas.”

Alicia Dallas