EL CENTRO, CA Â â€“ A grant award in the amount of $70,000 was awarded by the Brawley Community Foundation Fund held at the Imperial Valley Community Foundation (IVCF) to launch the large scale task to restore the historic Brawley Theatre currently underway and led by the Brawley Community Foundation (BCF), a partnering organization of IVCF.
Built in 1922, the Brawley Theatre is one of the last remaining historic landmarks in downtown Brawley. The Brawley Theatre was donated to BCF within the last twelve months, and now the organization is looking to fully restore the building under its new name â€“ the Brawley Playhouse Theatre.
Once finished, the Brawley Playhouse Theatre will host stage productions, musical performances, office spaces, and serve as a civic and cultural center in the heart of Brawley.
â€œIt is important for the residents, not only of Brawley, but the entire Imperial Valley to realize that it has been the labor of local volunteers and the generosity of local donors that are leading the charge. The fact that this resource is being created and maintained for the community by private citizens is inspiring to say the least, and shows that similar things can happen elsewhere throughout the County,â€ said Bobby Brock, President/CEO of IVCF.
â€œThe Brawley Theatre is a great model for other communities to follow â€“ and, while needs and projects may change from town to town, the idea that people who care about their community and are willing to work together can make a tremendous difference. Vibrant communities need residents to give back and make them better, however they can.â€
Recognizing the importance of having options for donors to give in their hometown, as well as for other Valley-wide programs and causes, one of IVCFâ€™s current initiatives is setting up local, community-based funds that residents and businesses can contribute to in order to meet needs and improve the quality of life in their geographic area.
Advisory committees are being formed and donations requested to establish â€œcommunity fundsâ€ in Calexico, El Centro, Holtville and Imperial. These â€œcommunity fundsâ€ are planning to develop annual grant making programs that identify various themes or needs in their respective communities and are able to adapt to changing needs and dynamics over time.
One major component of the funds is that they will create an endowment (permanent fund) that will benefit the community in perpetuity.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law, and the Fund and Foundation welcome public support and contributions. Donations by check should be made payable to â€œImperial Valley Community Foundationâ€ with the memo â€œBrawley Community Foundation Fund,â€ and mailed to the Foundationâ€™s office at 1440 W. Main St. in El Centro, CA 92243. For more information, please contact Bobby Brock, IVCF President/CEO at (760) 336-0055 or visit www.ivcommunityfoundation.org.
For more information specific to the Brawley Theatre restoration project please visit www.brawleytheatre.org.