Fox Fullerton Wins $1.65 Million Grant
FULLERTON, CA – The Fullerton City Council has approved a “challenge” grant to enable the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation to buy the Fox Fullerton Theatre, according to a report in the Fullerton News Tribune.
The grant will set aside funds to cover fifty percent of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation’s cost to acquire the Fullerton Fox Theatre — not to exceed more than $1.65 million — subject to FHTF meeting certain performance requirements.
When the Fullerton City Council announced its decision to a packed crowd at City Hall, the group received a standing ovation in a strong show of support from the local community.
For complete details, here’s the full press release from the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation:
City of Fullerton Offers Challenge Grant:
Fox Fullerton Theatre Donations Now Doubled in Value!
On Tuesday, February 17, the Fullerton City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, unanimously (!) approved a $1.65 million challenge grant to our Foundation. If we match their challenge grant, we will have enough funds to purchase the Fox Theatre, and can begin raising the additional funds we’ll need to start restoration ($1.5 million by the end of this year).
It was amazing to hear many council members encouraging the public to help with our project by donating funds or restoration materials and services, and making connections with others who can do the same. In addition, Linda Hawkins, Chair of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, announced their endorsement of our project!
Thanks to everyone who called, e-mailed and wrote the council, or showed up at the council meeting. You helped make this happen! If you would like to thank the council, you may reach them at 714-738-6311 or .ca.us
Of course, this now means that the fundraising must begin in earnest! Every dollar you donate will be matched by the city, up to $1.65 million (Who knows, after that maybe someone else will issue a challenge grant!).
Donations can be made on-line here or mailed in from the form here or call us for a brochure/form.
Donations are fully tax-deductible, and there is also the option of making your contribution as a pledge; we would only “call” your pledge when enough funds have been raised to assure purchase of the buildings, anticipated to be sometime between April and November. Some of you may even have an opportunity to have your employer match your gift; this way your gift could be magnified by four times! We invite you to call or e-mail us with any questions you have about donating to the project.
Thanks again to the Fullerton City Council, the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency, the Fullerton Redevelopment and Economic Development Department, the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, and all of our members and volunteers who made this challenge grant possible! We also appreciate everyone who attended our Volunteer Orientation held later in the evening; together we will bring back the Fox!