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Volume 22, Issue 10

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On Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30 P.M., there will be a forum at the Information Center to discuss City-County Merger. Bill Stone, former chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, and David Banks, former Alderman and present attormey to the Board of Alderman, will present the opposing views.

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The Old Louisville Journal is published monthly by the Old Louisville Information Center Inc. (OLIC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in 1984, for the purpose of receiving tax deductible contributions. OLIC is affiliated with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC), a non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognized voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood. Submit Journal contributions to Andrew Laing, Editor, The Old Louisville Journal, 1340 S. Fourth St. Louisville, KY 40208

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An Open Letter to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations:

One night this past summer, a member of our acting company met a young family.  The mother, a native Louisvillian, has been coming to our free productions since her father introduced her to the world of Mr. Shakespeare at the tender age of eight. As a parent, she wanted her children  to have the same childhood experience, but there is no free summer Shakespeare in St. Louis.  And so each year the family drives four hours to enjoy our free performances in Old Louisville’s Central Park. Thus a family tradition is born, nurtured and carried on to the next generation.  It has been that way for 40 years.

I am proud to announce that our 40th anniversary season was a huge public success.  Gorgeous weather and wonderful productions of Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night combined to bring 42% more audience members to the heart of Old Louisville’s Preservation District.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that we have a financial crisis on our hands.  We are nearing the end of our fiscal year and still must raise $25,000.  Each year, 90% of the summer operating budget must be raised through donations.  We exist only through the generosity and support of organizations like yours.  Our 2000 summer season cost $150,000 to produce.  If we had charged a ticket price, it would have been $12.37 per person.

We need your help. Funding from the Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations has dwindled from an all time height of $5,051 in 1996 to this season’s $1,125.  That’s almost a 500% decrease over the past five years.  We can’t sustain such financial hits.

Of this year’s $1,125, Garvin Gate, Second Street, and Third Street matched their previous   donations—–thank you. 1300 South Third Street matched their previous donation—–thank you. 1300 South Third Street increased its previous donation by 67%--a hearty thank you.  St. James Court reduced its previous donations by 1200% and the Old Louisville Council, Belgravia, Central Park West, Fourth Street, Limerick, and Toonerville, all of whom have previously donated, gave nothing.

Our commitment to Old Louisville has not diminished.  Why has your support?

I hope that this is simply an oversight on your part and that you will send us your donation immediately.  If this is not an oversight, and you have issues and/or concerns about our festival, I welcome your contacting me directly.  I would be delighted to attend one of your monthly meetings.

I know money is tight and there is no easy way to support all the deserving causes that must come to your attention.  I ask you to please remember that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in Old Louisville.  Over the past forty years, we have provided free Shakespeare to over 500,000 people.  Your dollars will help keep our Festival alive into the next millennium.

Ask yourself: What other summer event brought 12,126 people to Old Louisville?

Thank you for your time and consideration.  Please help us continue the gift of free Shakespeare.  Your support will make all the difference.

Curt L. Tofteland
Producing Director, Shakespeare in Central Park



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