Hawk’s Well Theatre needs your help
The theatre has already secured funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, however, in order to draw down this funding the theatre needs to fundraise the same amount. Jane Parsons, fundraiser at the Hawk’s Well responded to this news by saying: “We were delighted to receive word of this funding but we have a tough job ahead to raise another €550K ourselves. We recently added €1 to the price of all tickets sold which will raise approximately 40% of the funding we need. Locally, funding has also been allocated from Sligo County Council and Sligo BID, however, we need to raise approximately €40K/year from donations in the coming four years to meet our targets which will allow us draw down the department funding.”
There are many ways people can support this development. Online donations, in person donations at box office and supporting the theatre’s fundraising events are three examples of how individuals can help. The theatre has also just launched a new ‘Renovation Patron’ scheme and is asking the public for its support. Individuals, families or companies who become patrons will be acknowledged in perpetuity within the extended building and will become a permanent part of the Hawk’s Well history.
The theatre is keen to stress that this government funding will only become available once the same amount of money has been fundraised by the theatre. “For every €1 the public donate, this will be matched by the Department so if you are donating €100 to the theatre, this will become €200,”adds Jane Parsons. “The levels for our renovation Patrons scheme start at €1,000 and go up to €5,000 but we are delighted to receive any donation at all from the general public, no matter how small.”
Marie O’Byrne, director of the theatre adds: “We have been blown away by the generosity of people to date. Most recently, the Sligo Academy of Music donated the proceeds of their annual gala event to the renovation fund and we would like to express our sincere thanks to Niamh Crowley and all the musicians and performers from that night who together raised a massive €3,500 for the renovation fund.”
The plan to renew and regenerate the theatre will ensure its future for many years to come and will transform the venue into a stunning arts centre, providing a better experience for all who visit.