Organizers report progress on BMS curtain fund

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra members begin to arrive for the group's Christmas concert Dec. 4. Space needed for the Marshall Community Chorus meant the back wall remained visible during the concert. Fundraisers hope to obtain enough money to purchase a new back curtain before MPO's 50th anniversary concert season, which begins in fall 2012. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

As 2011 comes to a close, organizers of a fund drive to purchase new curtains for the BMS auditorium want to remind everyone that their cause would make a nice tax-deductible gift, according to a news release from the group.

The team reports having received $1,500 toward the goal, with some pledges still outstanding.

Randy Shannon and John Raines began the project about a month ago with the blessings of the Marshall Public Education Foun-dation.

"John and I were talking to Kevin Lines, the school orchestra teacher and director of the Marshall Philharmonic, while we were setting up for the Mark Schultz concert in October," Shannon says. "We asked Kevin what improvement would make the BMS theater a more functional space," he says, "because we realized that it is the largest venue in Marshall for community concerts and special events."

Lines responded that he would like to see the curtain project completed.

Several years ago, the old main curtain and black masking curtains were removed due to age and wear.

Some of the black masking curtains were replaced with new ones, but the main curtain and a rear curtain, which would allow the expansion of the stage space for larger groups, were cut from the project to save money.

Shannon and Raines contacted Associated Theatrical Contractors and discovered the top priority -- the rear curtain -- could be obtained for $5,147.

The main act curtain -- a heavy velour fabric -- would cost $9,606.

The goal is that, at the minimum, the purchase of the rear curtain could be made before the beginning of the Marshall Philharmonic's 50th season in the fall of 2012.

The Marshall Public Education Foundation will accept donations for the project.

Those who would like to make a tax-deductible gift to the curtain fund can make their checks payable to the Marshall Public Education Foundation and write "BMS curtains" on the memo line.

Checks may be given to John Raines at his office at 667 S. Odell Ave. or sent to Randy Shannon at 1000 S. Miami Ave. in Marshall.

Donations may also be delivered directly to the Marshall Public Schools Central Administration Office, 860 W. Vest St.

For more information, call 660-886-2402 or 660-886-7465.

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  • If I remember right, I've heard one of the school board members say that you can donate money to the school, but can't dictate where it goes. Clearly above, they are saying the money will go to the curtain. But what if I wanted to donate solely to the "fill in the blank" athletic program to buy a certain piece of equipment, can i do that?

    -- Posted by mtownresident on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 10:54 AM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Donations for the curtains should go to the Marshall Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports education-related projects, not to the school district.
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