Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce that it has completed its fundraising goal of $1.37 million for its new outdoor home in DeLaveaga Park: the Audrey Stanley Grove. The Grove’s construction was funded with pledges and one-time donations from over 950 households in the Santa Cruz community and beyond.
Artistic Director Mike Ryan says, “Santa Cruz Shakespeare is so grateful to its donors, patrons, and all of the philanthropists who made The Grove possible. It is resoundingly clear that the tradition of outdoor Shakespeare in the summer is important to this community, and we are honored that they have entrusted us with the means to support our organization with an incredible new venue.”
In addition, a range of local businesses and firms supplied deep discounts and in-kind donations of construction materials to create the space, as well as the countless hours of volunteer time spent in aiding the opening of the theater space on time. Board President Rick Wright echoes Ryan’s sentiments, “The completion of our Capital Campaign in just 12 months puts an exclamation point on a project that already stood as a testament to our community’s mettle and commitment to not just theater and the arts, but our local fabric. I know I can speak for the SCS Family to express our thanks to the unique amalgam of local businesses, government, donors and volunteers who made this new community asset – this gift to ourselves – a reality.”
Santa Cruz Shakespeare will continue to accept donations from donors intended for The Grove. These funds will help the company develop the facility with additional amenities and improvements, as well as provide funding for maintaining the space. There are also naming opportunities for seats, picnic tables, and lobby benches still available for those who wish to honor family, friends, or a loved one.