14 Dec, 2012

P.E.C.T. helps raise money for local charities

P.E.C.T. starts their 5th season by giving back to the community

During the production run of “Tuesdays with Morrie”, Price Edward Community Theatre volunteers also went to work raising funds for community organizations. “The goal of P.E.C.T.’s season is to create more Partnerships in our community and this is something that we want to continue to do from now on” said Georgia Papanicolaou co-publicity coordinator for P.E.C.T.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” was the perfect way for the theatre group to start giving back. “Morrie presented a very true message of ALS with this in mind, P.E.C.T. felt it was important to help ALS Canada in their efforts” said Jennifer Goodman co-publicity coordinator for P.E.C.T. A special preview of the show arranged by Teacher & Actor Mike Zaffino (“Mitch”) was held for Loyola Adult & Continuing Education students as “Tuesdays with Morrie” is part of their curriculum.

Pictured above, handing over the dontaion, are: Lynn Fennell, PECT Founder & Director, David Smith (Morrie Schwartz), Mike Zaffino (Mitch Albom) and Loyola principal Theresa Harper-Dube.

Through this special preview and in-house 50/50 draws during the 4 day public run of the show, Prince Edward Community Theatre and it’s patrons helped raise $848 for ALS. “When you look at what ‘Community’ Theatre actually means to the volunteers involved, its not just about the creative outlet, it’s about giving back to the community in more ways then just affordable and accessible theatre. It’s about making our community stronger by supporting each other, increasing awareness and creating strong partnerships. Tuesdays with Morrie was the perfect way for P.E.C.T. to start giving back, because its a story about “giving” of yourself to others.” said Georgia Papanicolaou producer for “Tuesdays with Morrie”.

P.E.C.T. Founder Lynn Fennell hands over a cheque to food bank director Pat Romkey

Prince Edward Community Theatre also ran a small concession for their theatre patrons. Through the sale of snacks, water & coffee and a donation jar $271 was raised for the Picton Foodbank. “It had come to our attention that the foodbank is in need of some funds to support our community. We decided to take on the food sales at the theatre to help raise some money for community projects.” noted Jennifer Goodman co-publicity person for the company.  “As a community theatre company, our emphasis is on community. We’ve received so much help from local organization that it’s essential we in turn try to help out organizations in need. We greatly thank our patrons for their support in our efforts.”

What’s next for Prince Edward Community Theatre? “Moon over Buffalo” will take the stage at Mt Tabor Playhouse Feb 9, 10, 16 & 17 2013. PECT has entered “Buffalo” in the Eastern Ontario Drama League festival. The cast is already hard at work to bring this production to life. If you don’t already have your tickets, pick them up soon. This show will make a great Christmas gift. The theatre group will also continue to foster new community partnerships and support local organizations where they can.


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