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Eight Niagara-on-the-Lake charitable organizations beneficiaries of Shaw Festival’s Town Previews

Media Bulletin #6

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 7, 2010. . .This year’s Shaw Festival Town Previews of the Oscar Wilde social satire An Ideal Husband raised almost $7,500 and will benefit eight Niagara-on-the-Lake charitable organizations. The cheque presentation to representatives of the chosen organizations is taking place in the Festival Theatre lobby at The Shaw on Thursday, July 8 at 11 a.m. and is hosted by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and Executive Director Colleen Blake.

 The Niagara-on-the-Lake charitable organizations receiving support from the 2010 Town Previews program are:

  • Music Niagara, $2,000: support for their 2010 concert series: Schumann and his Circle.
  • The Friends of Fort George, $1,500: applied towards the expenses of summer student employment program at the Fort and at Brock’s Monument.
  • The Niagara Pumphouse Visual Art Centre, $1,000: provide assistance with the cost of employing a student teacher for drop-in children’s summer classes.
  • Willowbank School of Restoration Foundation, $1,000: funding for student recruitment school program.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care, $650: applied towards the purchase of specialized equipment for clients and their families. 
  • Jack Custers’ Bird Sanctuary, $525: financial support for current projects and general maintenance.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, $500:  support for Summer Reading Club.
  • Canadian Cancer Society (Niagara-on-the-Lake branch), $250: sponsorship of the 12th Annual Golf for a Cure Tournament. 

The Town Previews offer Niagara-on-the-Lake residents the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to preview performances and proceeds raised are then distributed to various Niagara-on-the-Lake charitable organizations who apply for funding.

The 2010 Season also includes Harvey, The Women, The Cherry Orchard, The Doctor’s Dilemma, John Bull’s Other Island, Age of Arousal, One Touch of Venus, Half and Hour and Serious Money.


In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224

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