Friends of the Raymond Theatre Ask For Assistance

posted by Ross Melnick on July 26, 2004 at 8:17 pm

Friends of the Raymond Theatre has issued an urgent appeal that we wanted to share with all of you:

“Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

In the weeks that have transpired since our last newsletter, we have continued to focus on our greatest need to carry this project through to fruition: fundraising.

We are pleased to say that we have had an outpouring of support to continue our efforts to save the Raymond. However, we are still in critical need of donations.

“PROJECT UPDATES:

We anticipate that the City of Pasadena will grant permits to the developer of the Raymond Theatre as early as the end of this month. This means that demolition can begin immediately upon issuance of building permits. As such, we are continuing to work closely with our Attorney and hoping we can raise enough money to continue legal protection of the Raymond Theatre.

We have received an outpouring of support to continue protection of the Raymond Theatre. However, we will be unable to take action unless we are can raise $4,400 immediately. We are therefore extending our request for donations till July 30, 2005. With our supporters help, we hope to reach our goal.

SPECIAL THANKS FOR DONATIONS:

Thanks to the following individuals for helping us raise $600!

Sandra Stark-Shields, Raymond Dashner, Barbara Dahn, Kay Tournborg (Hollywood Heritage), Nathan Block, Richard Cone, John H. Arnold, Arran Peagram, Stephen Rourke, Steffin Butler, Michael Van Scyoc, Thomas Rose, Gary Parks, Eddie Arias (www.GotTix.com), Don Hopkins, William Butler, Anthony C. Santana, Richard Quirk, Gorden R. Iles, Renee Rubelcava, Luke Goldstein, Erka Anne Lopez, Veronkia Raymond, David A. Arnay and Charles E, Blews.

MATCHING DONATIONS:

We have received pledges for the following generous donations, pending receipt of matching donations from our supporters:

$ 500 from Hollywood Heritage
$ 300 from Pasadena resident’s Raymond Dashner and Barbara Dahn
$ 800

If you are able to match one the donations listed above, this would mean double the money —– a total of $1,600 – for our July fundraising campaign, and will bring us that much closer to our $5,000 July fundraising goal.

We give our deepest thanks to Hollywood Heritage and Pasadena residents Raymond Dashner and Barbara Dahn for their offer of matching donations.

DONATION UPDATE:

Our goal is to raise $5,000 by July 16th. As stated, we have extend that date to July 30th because of the outpouring of support to continue preservation of the Raymond Theatre. Since our last e-mail we have raised $600 from our supporters.

GOAL WE NEED TO MEET: $5,000

HOW MUCH WE NEED TO RAISE: $4,400

DEADLINE: July 30, 2004

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

If you would like us to continue defending the Raymond Theatre, please consider making a donation of ANY amount today. If you can match Hollywood Heritage’s or Raymond Dashner and Barbara Dahn’s donation, you will help us make great strides in protecting the Raymond Theatre.

DONATIONS MAY BE SENT:

By Mail:

Friends of the Raymond Theatre
P.O. Box 91189
Pasadena, CA 91109-1189

Online:

www.PayPal.com
Account:
or click on the PayPal donation link on our website.

Donations to Friends of the Raymond are tax deductible, as allowed by law. We are a project of Spirit of the Sage, under Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a California 501 ©(3) tax exempt organization.

IN-KIND DONATIONS:

Special thanks to Randi Reed (www.musicbizadvice.com), Tanya Page and Richard Guerra for donating a combined total of 11,500 sheets of paper for our donation flyers. Special thanks to Pasadena Print Shop (626) 577-0510 and Blair Graphics (310) 829-4621 for printing our donation flyers free of charge.

SPECIAL THANKS FOR ASSISTANCE:

Special thanks to our friends at cinematreasures.org for posting our request for donations on their website. They always go the extra mile to assist us any way possible. Stop off at their website and post a word or two about the Raymond Theatre!

THE RAYMOND COMMITTEE UPDATE:

Our committee members have been quite busy this month. They are working together contacting local businesses, corporations, friends and family members in order to help us reach our target fundraising goal and cover the cost of our legal bills. They are also distributing donation flyers all over the Southland, holding eBay auctions and starting work on fundraisers. We thank our hardworking committee for the daily assistance they give our project.

SEEKING NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

We feel so lucky to have very dedicated people on our committee, but the more assistance we have, the more we can do to help protect the Raymond Theatre.

Therefore we are seeking to expand our core volunteer committee in order to maximize our effectiveness.

We need reliable people who are willing to volunteer their help.

We need assistance on the following tasks:

Passing out donation flyers throughout the Southland (So Cal)
eBay auctions
Sending out donation e-mails
Help calling local businesses for donations
Organization of our events
Help with daily office work (from your home)
Volunteer Publicist

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at . Even one hour a week will help move us closer to our goal of saving the theatre.

Thank you for helping us preserve Pasadena’s Historic Raymond Theatre.

Sincerely,
Gina Zamparelli
Director, Friends of the Raymond Theatre

Office: (818) 541-9522
Fax: (818) 541-9523
Website: www.raymondtheatre.com"

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