Anna Holley "Dollar-A-Week" Pledge Program
Faced with mounting debts, the Repertory was searching for solutions to ward off potential disaster. Board Member, Anna Holley, came to the DRT offices and told us she had an idea that might help the situation, a little anyway. She wondered if it would be worthwhile to start a "dollar a week" pledge program for the Repertory. Her church had run one for a church project that was quite successful. Of course, the amount raised was not huge but it brought in more money than anyone would have expected. "Why not try?" was the answer.
January 14, 1999 we announced the Anna Holley "Dollar-A-Week" Pledge Program. The cornerstone of our approach was a direct nightly appeal to our audiences. The message was and remains simple. Help keep us going. Please consider a tax deductible “dollar a week” pledge. You have the option of paying the full pledge all at once or make $13 quarterly payments. We have been delivering cultural goods and services for 56 years. Please make it 57. Pledgers receive a pledge pin each year.
The result has been remarkable. We truly under estimated our community support. Since its inception the Anna Holly "Dollar A Week" Pledge Program has raised over $850,000 and is still counting. Up until the current economic crisis, the sustained pledge income helped to reduce emphasis on defensive strategies and allowed us to take a more resourceful, offensive stance.
The pledge program has evolved and two options have been added to the pledge process. In one category contributors can “Double up” and pledge $2 per week (some pledge more) or $104 per year. In another category patrons who admire the Rep’s longevity and commitment to the community and want to give a little extra support can make a “Gold Pin” pledge ($150). As the category implies the pledger receives a Gold Pin that, when worn, gives box office perks.
If you appreciate the Detroit Repertory Theatre's cultural contributions and the long, arduous cultural journey the Theatre has traveled, you can help the Theatre stay the course by considering a "dollar-a-week" pledge.
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The Detroit Repertory Theatre is 56 years old. The roots of the non-profit Theatre’s remarkable cultural, social and civic journey were planted in a neighborhood based at the geographic center of Detroit. The Repertory, like a determined ghetto tree, grew above the ashes and decay to become a major player in Detroit’s cultural life.
From inception the DRT mission has been to produce the best non-profit professional theatre possible, demonstrate the power of diversity acting in unity and fight, by example, the disturbing level of racism that still exists.
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