Once again, Vero Beach has shown it takes care of its own. Both longtime and new supporters showed up in droves to support the 60th Anniversary of the Vero Beach Theatre Guild at the February Theatre Festival. This three week fundraiser raised over $28,000 to support the Guild’s mission “to enrich, entertain and educate our community through exceptional theatrical arts in a volunteer driven setting”.
With state and federal budget cuts, community support becomes vital in continuing “arts for everyone” and this festival was proof that Vero’s reputation for cultural diversity is well placed. Offering something for everyone, the Guild tackled the Herculean task of presenting numerous events at various venues over a three week period. As Guild President Jon Putzke marvels “It’s one thing to have paid staff pull off something of this magnitude, but for a virtually all volunteer force to devote their time and talent over such a sustained period is truly incredible, and speaks to the power of the arts”.
Attendees enjoyed a vibrant Celebrating 60 musical homage, a glittering Dinner Gala and Silent Auction at Vero Beach Country Club, and a peek behind the scenes at a Guild Open House, but the clear front-runner of the festival was the presentation of five thought provoking Reader’s Theatre productions. “Now this is what we’ve needed in Vero Beach, was heard after each of the staged readings” says Putzke “and it shows there’s room for new works and contemporary theatre in our area.”
Funds raised will help launch new and exciting educational initiatives at the Guild for our community. Critical support was offered by Festival Sponsors: Wealth Partners, Walter Blogoslawski, Ted Herget, Laica Moreta, Sheila & George Marshall, and Minuteman Press.