The Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation has pledged $250,000 to the WYO Theater Capital Campaign according to Richard Davis and Kandi Davis, co-chairs of the campaign.
“Once again the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation has proven itself to be a leader in Sheridan’s efforts to build and grow in new directions,” stated Mr. Davis. “The early support of the Scott Foundation resulted greater leverage for our campaign as we approached other foundations and individuals.”
The Scott Foundation Pledge includes a matching provision that will call on the entire community to become the base of support for the project. The Campaign Committee, comprised of eight volunteer members from throughout the community, is currently at work devising a plan for a public campaign. This campaign will commence in early July, under the direction of the committee. “Our hope is that we inspire the thousands of people who have been entertained, educated or informed by shows and events at the WYO. We need the broadest possible base of support in order to secure the Scott funding,” Mrs. Davis commented.
According to the Scott website, “the Foundation serves as a catalyst to encourage and assist area non-profits in their work. Its areas of interest for grant-making purposes are relatively broad in scope…... In selecting organizations to which grant funds will be awarded, the Foundation….consider(s) organizations which provide educational and character-building opportunities for young people. The Foundation also recognizes that vital communities need economic opportunity, a healthy environment, and arts and humanities.”
Initial support for the project came through grants from Wyoming Business Council, secured by the city of Sheridan with the assistance of the Sheridan College development office. Private donations and local area foundation support has come through the work of the committee. Future announcement of funding sources will be forthcoming.
Sheridan and the surrounding communities of Big Horn, Ranchester and Dayton are known throughout the state as highly philanthropic communities. “