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VIEWS LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Support and sustain the State Theatre: Help us continue to make a difference! Dear Friends of the Arts, Thank you for making a difference to a difference-making non-profit organization that directly affects where you live, work, and play. I am proud to say that as we at the State Theatre work towards our mission of inclusion, accessibility and sustainability, we have made notable and tangible differences in our community. The State Theatre is not just a venue on Main Street, it is a community arts center, a home to performances and events that entertain, educate, and engage our community. Some of those differences include: l providing a monthly movie for area special needs students to practice social behavior and public life skills, l providing more than 4,000 area elementary school children opportunities to see live theatre and grow in empathy and perspective taking, l providing local talent opportunities to perform and nurture their talents, including James Tamelcoff who sold out his recent Johnny Cash tribute show,

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hope for Appalachia needs more hands and hearts This past Easter season, I was blessed with the opportunity to go along with New Salem Baptist Church and spread some hope to many schools in the Appalachian region. A large portion of the population in particular areas of Kentucky are in major need. The parents are out of work and in very bad shape, reflected by their children’s lives. Many of them do not have the basic supplies that we take advantage of every day, so we packed up hundreds of what we call, Hope Boxes. These are small shoebox sized containers that we filled with things such as toothbrushes, clean socks, hair brushes, snacks, toys, a bible, and much more. It was absolutely heartbreaking to have a 6-year-old child look up at me with a toothbrush in his hand and ask, “What’s this for?”

l providing the Piedmont Players, a community theatre troupe for local community actors to showcase their talents, l partnering with UVA Culpeper Hospital and Pepperberries to provide Pamper Me Pink, a breast-cancer awareness event, l partnering with the Greater Piedmont Trauma Informed Community Network to provide a forum about community resiliency, l partnering with the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association to provide the community productions about Alzheimer's Disease and Diabetes to raise awareness about how both conditions affect the community, l partnering with the Windmore Foundation for the Arts to present a production and community forum about bullying prevention, l partnering with Culpeper County Public Schools to provide two visual arts shows for area students in visual arts classes as well as the Miss Culpeper Pageant, l partnering with Culpeper County Parks and Recreation to provide a forum for PlayCulpeper as well as Performing and Visual Art Summer Camps to young people throughout the region, l partnering with the Arts and Culture Center in Culpeper to provide

Some of the kids were exhausted, never getting any sleep. Some were physically and verbally abused by their parents to the point that they no longer spoke to anyone. Many of them had lost loved ones from alcohol/ drug abuse, suicide, or simply from the struggle of getting healthcare for an injury or illness. The moment they entered the room you could tell that they weren’t as bubbly as normal kids are. They had no hope for a better life. That was the purpose of this mission, to bring that hope to them. We went to let them know that they are loved by God, but not only that, they are loved by us. We wanted to let them know that they are important and that they can reach their dreams no matter how discouraged they may be. The church has been involved in this mission for many years, but this year was my first time going. I remember hearing the stories about the trip from my father and other members of the church and it was heartwarming to hear, but actually going myself and experiencing the

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the Fresh Air Gallery in the State Theatre Lobby, l partnering with local faith-based organizations to provide FaithFest, a concert series for interfaith friendship and fellowship, l partnering with the Library of Congress and other film organizations to provide international film festivals and tourism revenues to the Town and County of Culpeper, l partnering with Aging Together to provide them a home for "5 over 50," a celebration of difference making individuals in the Piedmont, and many more... We hope individuals and the business community will continue to help us in making a difference by purchasing a membership or a commemorative brick, buying advertising in our monthly program, sponsoring an event or even just volunteering at the theatre. Talk with any member of our staff or visit our website to discover the ways and benefits of supporting the State Theatre today. We thank you in advance for your contribution as we continue our vision of making a difference through "Showcasing The Arts To Everyone." Steven Barker Executive Director State Theatre

mission hands on was incredibly more impactful. There is so much need in our own backyard here in America, and missions such as Hope for Appalachia are just as important as any other missions across seas. We are already preparing to return to Kentucky in 2017, and we would appreciate any donations that can be made to help us move forward in this mission. On May 21 at 5:30 p.m. we are hosting a Pancake Dinner at New Salem Baptist Church located at 8233 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA 22701. All proceeds will be donated to fund a van which will assist in the transportation over the mountains. If you would like to go with us next year or just make a donation to this mission, please call Pastor Mike Dodson at 540-718-9675 or the church at 540-8256617. More schools have asked for us to come so we need all the hands and hearts that God can provide.

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