You are here





Have pie on Pi(e) Day Thursday, 3/14

O.P.E.R.A. fund drive raises $50,000 for future restoration work at Ellendale Opera House

For immediate release: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Future Now Fund Drive seeks to match state financial support

State-wide donor support sought for restoration of Ellendale Opera House

For immediate release: Thursday, July 20, 2023

Restoration of the historic Ellendale Opera House got a big boost from the State of North Dakota this year, and the non-profit group heading up the renovation hopes the state backing will translate into contributions from donors statewide.

'All-In, All-School Fund Drive' exceeds goal

Photo of Ellendale Opera House on Main Street, circa 1910-1920. Image restored and enhanced by Kevin Kendall.

Second year that donors maximized matching dollars

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Thanks to a flurry of year-end donations, the Ellendale Opera House "All-In, All-School Fund Drive" exceeded its goal, raising more than $84,000 – $14,000 more than the fund drive goal – for restoration work on the historic Main Street landmark.

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."



The Ellendale Opera House and its services are available to all persons without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

O.P.E.R.A., Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.