PRESS RELEASE April 4, 2016
Ashland, VA— As this year’s benefactor of the annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball, the Ashland Theater Foundation is proud to announce the donation of $6,270 from the Art Deco Society of Virginia. In the photo below, Olivia Lloyd , president of the Art Deco Society of Richmond received an Ashland Theatre poster as a thank you for this generous donation.
Ashland Theater Foundation Board Member Jen Chambers released this statement on behalf of the Foundation: “This is a tremendous gift and we are so grateful to the Art Deco Society of Virginia for its support. Members of the Art Deco Society play a tremendous role throughout the Commonwealth in supporting preservation projects, and being their beneficiary this year just reinforces how important the Ashland Theater is to the region and the Art Deco movement. These funds will go directly to help with our restoration efforts.”
Each January, the Art Deco Society of Virginia hosts its annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball. This Roaring ’20s gala is designed to raise awareness and funds for Art Deco preservation projects in the Commonwealth. This year, the Ashland Theater, one of the most iconic structures in the Richmond metropolitan area, was named the Ball’s benefactor.
The Ball featured live music by Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet, Charleston dance lessons, 50/50 raffle, a silent and live auction, and dancing. All proceeds from the Ball were donated to the Theater, including those from a replica Christmas ornament of the Theater which was raffled off as part of the live auction. Crafted by local Ashland artists Alvaro and Caroline Coronado, the original ornament hung on the Governor’s Christmas tree for the holiday season at the Executive Mansion.
Photo Above: Ashland turnout at the Jazz Preservation Ball held on January 30, 2016. Photo provided by Lynn Redmile www.LynnRedmile.com
Donated to the Town of Ashland by A.D. and Jean Whittaker in 2013, the Ashland Theater largely sat vacant for the past couple of decades, and in 2012, Preservation Virginia named the Ashland Theater one of the most endangered historic sites in the state. Since being donated to the Town of Ashland, a group of local residents have formed a community foundation in support of the Theater, and have held over 100 events with over 17,000 attendees. To find out more about the Theater, and to donate to the Foundation and see the upcoming Theater schedule, please visit http://ashlandtheatreva.org.