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An Echo Press Editorial: Small donations to nonprofits make big impact

By the Echo Press Editorial Board

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A lot of small steps, added together, can make a big impact.

Consider what’s happening at Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria.

First of all, the theatre is fortunate to be wrapping up a successful year, according to Nicole Mulder, executive and artistic director, and James Pence TLHD board president. They sent out an announcement last week, saying that for the first time since 2019, the season went as planned at TLHD and audience participation reached pre-pandemic levels.

“Over a hundred artists graced our stages. We sold thousands of tickets and hundreds of season passes, many who were first-time pass holders,” according to Mulder and Pence. “This kind of activity is not common for many theaters across the nation who are still rebuilding their audiences, and it is thanks to all of you that this was possible. We humbly requested that you participate in re-building our audience by inviting your friends and family groups to the theatre. You did. And we thank you for your patronage, support, and trust.”

Their announcement came with more good news, a generous act from Bob and Sue Abbott.

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First, some background: The Abbotts bought a lake cabin and retired to Alexandria in 2014. That summer their new lake neighbors invited the Abbotts to attend a play at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. “We were hooked and have purchased season tickets every year since,” the Abbotts told TLHD. “We enjoy the plays, which are marvelous, and also the musical offerings – including the outdoor stage set up during the pandemic. We have invited friends and family to join us and, like us, they are never disappointed. We feel strongly about supporting local venues. It is so nice to have this available to us in our backyard.”

And with that, Mulder and Pence said they were delighted to announce that Bob and Sue Abbott are providing a $2,500 match of donations. The Abbotts have generously offered to match every donation from now until the end of the year of $25 or more, up to $2,500.

“The board and TLHD community can’t begin to thank Bob and Sue for their leadership and this amazing opportunity and we strongly encourage you to make your gift today to help us secure the $2,500,” said Mulder and Pence. We have December to make this match happen and we are counting on you – our loyal donors and friends – to help us end the year strong.”

There are a few ways to donate:

  • You can go to Theatre L’Homme Dieu’s donation page on its website, TLHD.org, click on “Support & Participate” and then click on “Make a donation online” and scroll down to the “Bob & Sue Abbott TLHD 2022 $2,500 Match Opportunity.”
  • You can also donate by mail – Theatre L’Homme Dieu, P.O. Box 1086, Alexandria, MN 56308.
  • The theatre also accepts stock transfer donations. To transfer stock, email tlhd@tlhd.org for account information.

Theatre L’Homme Dieu provided another successful season of shows in 2022 – Glensheen, Something Rotten, Class of ‘85, Clue, Quinn Sullivan, The Iconic Music of Bread, Celebrating the Music of Prince, and Pert Near Sandstone.
Show your support for the 2023 season by making a donation that will be matched by the Abbotts. This type of grassroots generosity separates the Alexandria area from other cities. As TLHD noted in its announcement it’s all about “building our community, one neighbor at a time.”

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