Theatre program to help support Family Promise

October 13, 2015
Center for the Arts

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Each year, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville theatre program chooses a community organization to support for the current academic year. This year, in addition to supporting the Platteville Food Pantry, it will help support Family Promise of Grant County, through the proceeds of its three yearly benefit performances.

A majority of the proceeds from the three performances will be donated to Family Promise of Grant County, a nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless children and families in Grant County achieve lasting independence. Through Family Promise, congregations, social service organizations and volunteers in the county are working together to meet this mission.

The UW-Platteville theatre program’s benefit dates and times are:

  • “OR,” by Liz Duffy Adams on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Center for the Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
  • “Marat/Sade” by Peter Weiss on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Center for the Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
  • “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in the Center for the Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

All tickets for the benefit performances are $6.

“We are thrilled UW-Platteville’s theatre program has chosen to join in supporting homeless families throughout Grant County,” said Pastor Zayna Thompson of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Platteville and Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in Cornelia, Wis. “Community support is what built this program so far and hopefully, it will allow us to serve families long into the future.”

“This is the sixth season that the UW-Platteville theatre program has sponsored benefit performances for the Platteville Food Pantry and other local service organizations,” said Dr. David Schuler, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville and director of “Or.” “Last year, the benefit raised $1,200 for the Platteville Food Pantry and Southwest Wisconsin Family Connections. The theatre program has received tremendous support from the community over the years, and our students understand the importance of giving back. These benefit performances are our way of saying thank you to the people of Southwest Wisconsin.”

According to Family Promise of Grant County, 26 school-aged children in 19 families in the Platteville School District, 32 youth in the Boscobel School District, and one youth in the Lancaster School District have been identified as homeless. This totals 59 youth who have been identified as homeless in three communities within the county, so the number of homeless children countywide is likely much higher. These numbers represent only those documented through the Platteville, Boscobel and Lancaster school districts and the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program.

To date, Family Promise of Grant County Inc. has raised more than $50,000 in donations from individuals, churches and organizations across Grant County to provide support services for homeless children and families in Grant County. In addition, Family Promise has received grants from the Platteville Community Fund, the United Way of Platteville and the Alliant Energy Foundation.

Family Promise of Grant County is planning on being open later this year to begin providing comprehensive support services that will enable homeless families to achieve lasting independence.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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