Tri-PAC Wins Grant To Professionalize Fund-Raising

POTTSTOWN PA – Fund-raising efforts at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), 245 High St., Pottstown, have been boosted by a $35,000 grant awarded by The Philadelphia Foundation, the executive director of the downtown non-profit theater organization announced Tuesday (Oct. 25, 2011).

Tri-PAC leader Marta Rubin Kiesling said the money would be invested to establish a professional fund-raising department, which would include training for staff, board members and volunteers; developing administrative systems and fund-raising plans; purchasing donor database software, and other program support.

The grant was approved Sept. 28 (2011), and made through the foundation by the William J. McCahan 3rd Fund in memory of Thomas C. and Florence M. McCahan, and the WLG Endowment Fund.

“We are extremely grateful for this funding that will help the Tri-PAC achieve financial stability, so that we can continue to provide performing arts education and productions in support of the cultural and economic revitalization of Pottstown,” Kiesling said.

Tri-PAC began in 2001 as Village Productions, founded by Kiesling, her husband, Artistic Director Debbie Snow, and local community members to address the perceived need for more accessible performing arts productions and education. It currently provides training in several performing arts disciplines to hundreds of students, and combines professional artists with community members to produce a full slate of plays, musicals and concerts.

Logo from Village Productions and Tri-PAC