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Dallas Theater Center Patrons Donate $57,993 To North Texas Food Bank in Sixth Year of Partnership (posted 01-15-2014)

Dallas Theater Center patrons donated $57,993.81 to the North Texas Food Bank during DTC’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. During the six-year partnership with NTFB, DTC patrons have donated $297,912.16 to the organization.

“Dallas Theater Center is committed to partnering with community organizations to provide our audience with meaningful experiences that inspire conversations,” says DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. “Partnering with the North Texas Food Bank every year increases awareness about hunger in North Texas and encourages our audience members to give to the organization, both now and in the future. We could not be more impressed by the generosity expressed by our patrons every year during A Christmas Carol.”

After each performance of A Christmas Carol, cast members invited patrons to make contributions to NTFB. On average, patrons donated $1,896.80 per performance. Each dollar provides three meals for North Texans in need.  DTC also offered a collection site in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre lobby for non-perishable food items. Patrons, including student matinee attendees and participants in DTC’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, donated a total of 934 pounds of food during the run of A Christmas Carol, which translates to 747 meals. That is almost double the amount of food collected during last year’s run at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

 

 

A Christmas Carol cast member Marlhy Murphy
collects donations from patrons after the show.

After each performance of A Christmas Carol, cast members invited patrons to make contributions to NTFB. On average, patrons donated $1,896.80 per performance. Each dollar provides three meals for North Texans in need.  DTC also offered a collection site in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre lobby for non-perishable food items. Patrons, including student matinee attendees and participants in DTC’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, donated a total of 934 pounds of food during the run of A Christmas Carol, which translates to 747 meals. That is almost double the amount of food collected during last year’s run at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

In addition to collecting monetary and food donations, DTC administrative and production staff and members of the Brierley Resident Acting Company donated their time by volunteering at the NTFB warehouse in December 2013. In just a few hours, DTC participants loaded 10,800 pounds of food into 360 boxes on 12 pallets. This is the equivalent of 9,000 meals for hungry North Texans.   

Those interested in supporting the North Texas Food Bank can learn more about volunteering and donating online at www.NTFB.org.

 

 

Right: The overflowing NTFB foor donation area in the Wyly Theatre lobby.

Top: NTFB's Kris Martin receives DTC's presentation check at the end of the drive from A Christmas Carol cast member Kieran Connolly.

Photos by Dana Driensky

 

 

 

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