Give to the Max helps local nonprofits, schools

Andria Theatre hopes for $10,000 matching grant.

The folks at the Andria Theatre in Alexandria are asking for the public’s help. Next Thursday, Nov. 18, is Give to the Max Day – the largest fundraising day for not only the Andria Theatre, but other nonprofits and schools in Minnesota.

Give to the Max, organized by GiveMN, raises millions every year as a statewide fundraising campaign for nearly 6,000 causes across the state.

But this year’s Give to the Max Day for the local community theater has an extra $10,000 riding on it.

Ann Hermes and Dave Christman, executive director and artistic director, respectively, explained that if the theater can raise $10,000 during the 24-hour period that is Give to the Max, they will receive a matching donation from Dave and Marsha Campbell, who are regular patrons and theater enthusiasts from Parkers Prairie.


David Christman

Hermes said the matching donation would be used to help offset costs for the new loop sound system and the new marquee.

“We are so thankful for and grateful to the Campbells for this generous donation,” said Christman, with Hermes echoing his sentiments.

“We have received so much support, not only from the Campbells, but this whole community,” Hermes said. “The theater has benefitted so much from it.”

From midnight on Nov. 18 through midnight on Nov. 19, the theater is going to be hosting a live, online event for Give to the Max Day, said Christman. He said the theater started doing a live event back in 2016 and it has been a lot of fun. In 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was put on hold.

This year, the event is back and will be even better than previous years. The live event will be featured on the Andria Theatre’s Facebook page and segments will run for 45 minutes on the hour, followed by a 15 minute break, said Christman.

During the live event, theater people will share information about the how and why of giving, the history of the theater, big projects being worked on, where the theater is headed, with of course, lots of fun and shenanigans along the way.

Since 2016, Give to the Max Day has generated about $40,000 in donations for the Andria Theatre, said Hermes, which includes matching donations.
"It does not, however, include funds raised through what is called “golden tickets,” said Christman.


On Give to the Max Day, golden tickets, valued up to $1,000, are randomly chosen and distributed by GiveMN throughout the day. These are extra funds awarded to the nonprofits or schools. Andria Theatre has been the recipient of a few golden tickets in the past and Christman said they are hoping to receive some this year, too.

Since 2009, nearly 700,000 donors have made gifts through to make a difference for causes in their communities. Through this online marketplace for generosity and giving events like the annual Give to the Max Day, GiveMN has helped to generate more than $250 million for more than 13,000 nonprofits.

The impact of Give to the Max continues to grow each year – last year's $30.4 million in donations is more than double the amount raised during the inaugural campaign in 2009.

Ann Hermes

“How much money raised from Give to the Max is staggering,” said Hermes.

But for organizations like the Andria Theatre, it is so needed.

Christman explained that the theater is old and can be very expensive to run and operate. During the last several years, there have been some major updates to the theater, including bathrooms, seating, ceiling, green room, lighting and the spire, to name a few.


“We are constantly doing updates,” said Christman. “Because when she – the theater – groans, she groans very loudly.”

To participate in Give to the Max , donors may visit and search for the causes they care about most by name, keyword or ZIP code.

Early giving started Nov. 1, and the fundraiser will conclude at the end of the day on Nov. 19. Random golden ticket drawings are pulled throughout this time period for more than $100,000 in prize grants for Minnesota organizations.

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Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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