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All contributions to Ellendale Opera House fund drive will now be double-matched

Donations must be received before end of year to qualify

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Make a donation to O.P.E.R.A.'s fund drive before the end of the year and your contribution will be double-matched by Ellendale Opera House supporters.

The "All-In, All-School Fund Drive" ends Dec. 31, and to further encourage contributions, anonymous supporters will now provide a double-match for all donations made by year's end, up to a maximum of $10,000.

The double match was available previously only for donations from new O.P.E.R.A. contributors. To date, some $3,000 has been donated to the fund drive by first-time O.P.E.R.A. contributors.

Another $31,000 has been donated by supporters who have contributed in previous years to the opera house. Those donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by supporters up to a maximum of $20,000.

Annual 'Soup Kitchen' fundraiser Oct. 16

Update on 'All-In, All-School' Fund Drive

Ellendale Opera House fund drive at $56,000;

still seeking new donors to reach full match

Friday, August 19, 2022

This year's O.P.E.R.A., Inc. fund drive now totals nearly $56,000, but the non-profit group hopes to raise an additional $7,000 from first-time donors to reach the full matching amount available.

Come one, come all

O.P.E.R.A., Inc. launches 'All-In, All-School Fund Drive' aimed at enlisting new donors

If you've thought about contributing to restoration of the Ellendale Opera House but never donated, this year's fund drive hopes to enlist your financial support with a special double-match.

For each dollar donated to the All-In, All-School Fund Drive by first-time contributors, anonymous O.P.E.R.A. supporters will match that amount with $2, up to a total of $10,000.

In other words, if $10,000 is contributed by first-time donors, O.P.E.R.A. will receive a total of $30,000 toward this year's fund drive.

O.P.E.R.A., Inc. 'Next Step' fund drive exceeds $50,000 goal; more than $73,000 donated for Ellendale Opera House restoration work

O.P.E.R.A., Inc.'s latest fund drive to raise money for restoration of the historic Ellendale Opera House totaled $73,125, surpassing the "Next Step" fund-raising goal of $50,000.

The fund drive began in May and concluded Friday, Oct. 15 with a public reception and celebration in the Opera House Lobby & Gallery.

O.P.E.R.A. – Organization of People in Ellendale for Restoration of the Arts – is a non-profit organization formed in 1992 to save the 112-year-old building from the wrecking ball.

"We're very thankful to all those who pitched in to help us reach our ambitious fund drive goal," Executive Director Justin Meidinger, said. "The response from our donors was very gratifying and an indication of the growing public support for restoration of the Main Street landmark."

Don't miss Soup Kitchen Oct. 17

Special event October 15 will celebrate success of O.P.E.R.A. 'Next Step' fund drive

A special reception – open to the public – will be held Friday, October 15 at the Ellendale Opera House to celebrate the successful completion of O.P.E.R.A.'s latest fund drive.

The celebration will feature the 'live' performance of the "Willow Creek Folk School" from the stage of the opera house auditorium.

The public reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by viewing of the Willow Creek program at 8 p.m. It will be streamed live from the opera house and can be viewed on Facebook. The link to the program can be accessed at: www.facebook.com/plainsfolk.

Tom Isern, a distinguished professor of history at NDSU, and Suzzanne Kelley, NDSU Press Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, began the weekly Willow Creek program more than a year ago when the pandemic began.

’Next Step’ fund drive more than a third of the way toward $50K goal

Donations to O.P.E.R.A., Inc.’s “Next Step” fund drive now total more than a third of the $50,000 goal. Approximately $8,500 in donations have been received as of June 30. With the dollar-for-dollar match, contributions to date now exceed $17,000.


O.P.E.R.A. kicked off the matching fund-drive in late April to help pay for improvements aimed at increasing business and community use of the historic Ellendale Opera House. The campaign goal is $50,000, with all contributions up to $25,000 matched dollar-for-dollar by anonymous opera house supporters.


THOSE WHO DONATE $250 OR MORE TO THE NEXT STEP FUND-DRIVE BETWEEN NOW AND JULY 31 WILL RECEIVE A CUSTOM-DESIGNED O.P.E.R.A. MUG.


'Next Step' campaign seeks to raise $50,000 for Ellendale Opera House renovation work

O.P.E.R.A., Inc. today (April 21) kicked off a new matching fund-drive – Next Step – to help pay for improvements aimed at increasing business and community use of the historic Ellendale Opera House.

The campaign goal is $50,000, with all contributions up to $25,000 matched dollar-for- dollar by anonymous opera house supporters.

Those who donate $250 or more to the Next Step fund-drive between now and July 31 will receive a custom-designed O.P.E.R.A. mug.

O.P.E.R.A. began its current "Building Our Future and Preserving Our Past" campaign to raise funds to restore the 1909 opera house in late 2018. In 2019, O.P.E.R.A. raised nearly $80,000 as part of the 80th birthday celebration for long- time opera house advocate Jeanette Robb.

The group raised another $13,000 in donations from the book "Visions from My Childhood" with images created by Ellendale native Kevin Kendall.

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