The WYO Theater Capital Campaign has announced receipt of a pledge of $500,000 from the Joe and Arlene Watt Foundation Board, according to Richard Davis and Kandi Davis, co-chairs of the campaign.
“The Watt Foundation’s pledge is the largest gift from a foundation,” stated Mr. Davis. “This support from the Watt Foundation has been critical to our being able to secure other donors, as well as the construction loan that has enabled us to begin work on the project.”
On receiving news of the Watt Foundation pledge, campaign co-chair Kandi Davis said: “We are so grateful to the Watt Foundation for this gift and the many others it has made over the years in support of Sheridan area community organizations. Without its help, many accomplishments we take for granted today would not have been possible. This latest gift to help with the WYO Theater expansion is much appreciated.”
The current work includes the foundations needed for steel work, retaining walls at the front and rear of the property and preparation for utilities. When completed in early 2014, the facility will include a second theater, additional restrooms and dressing rooms, faculty offices, a larger lobby and concession area, additional wing space on the main stage, upgraded technical capabilities on the main stage and a costume design and construction facility.
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. A Public Campaign is currently underway to secure as many pledges from community members as possible. Those wishing to become a part of the project may contact the WYO Theater at 672-9083.