By Howard Pousner
Hard times didn’t stop Georgia Shakespeare from meeting a $50,000 challenge grant in 10 weeks, easily beating the six-month deadline.
In early June, as the troupe was starting its 25th anniversary season, the Atlanta-based John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation offered $25,000 if the company could raise an additional $50,000 by year’s end. Immediately, an anonymous donor stepped forward, offering an additional $25,000 challenge.
On Wednesday, Georgia Shakespeare announced it has raised $64,000 – adding $114,000 to its general operating budget.
“We are humbled by the support we’ve received from our donors and patrons in rising to meet this challenge,” producing artistic director Richard Garner said in a statement. “It’s a very difficult climate for a challenge like this, and we are thrilled beyond measure to have met it.”
Theatergoers this summer were encouraged to make gifts, and envelopes were included inside the