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Solid Support for The Legacy Theater

Feb 14, 2020

The Legacy Theater in Carthage is finishing the process of installing new sound and lighting equipment. Joy Swearingen, chairman of the theater's fundraising committee, said the theater can afford the equipment because of a successful fundraising campaign during the second half of last year.

“There were donations of $2,500. There were a lot of $50 donations. And we just felt that that was a good grassroots campaign participation that showed solid support for the theater in this region,” she said.

“People really came through.”

Swearingen said the campaign brought in $58,322, which allow the theater to collect a $50,000 matching grant.

She said the theater also received an anonymous extra donation of $25,000, which will be put toward future needs.

Swearingen said theater supporters spent a good deal of time during the campaign speaking to local groups, businesses, and individuals.

The theater is part of the former Carthage College campus. The theater is owned by the city and operated by a foundation.

The next show at the Legacy will feature ventriloquist and comedian Todd Oliver on February 28. This year’s schedule also includes country singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss, Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours, and country music and comedy group Riders in the Sky.

Tickets are available through the Legacy Theater’s website.