Read highlights from the article in the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.
Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay has opened a GoFundMe online campaign to help cover the costs of repairs of significant water damage in its theater lobby.
The damage was caused several weeks ago by a burst pipe in a third-floor air handler. The water flowed down the three floors to the basement and caused irreparable damage to a boiler.
TAP Director of Marketing and Development Amy Ensign discovered the leak when she and artist Lynn Gilchrist detoured into the lobby to look at its gallery space for a possible show of Gilchrist’s work.
“We opened the door to a waterfall!” Ensign said. “It was very disheartening but many people from the community pulled together to stop the flow and quickly move toward repairs.”
Ensign’s husband, David Foulds of Centerpointe Yacht services, stopped the water flow and placed heaters in key spots to control further frost damage. Eagle Mechanical, Wolf Brothers, Square One Restoration, and Stoneman-Schopf Insurance worked together to clean the building, repair damage and replace the boiler, making it possible for the theater’s StageKids acting classes to continue the same week and the scheduled Winter Play Reading Festival to open Feb. 16.
“Once again we are reminded of what brought us to Door County from New York City in the first place,” TAP co-artistic director Robert Boles said. “The community really pulled together to help us work through and repair the damage.”
While insurance has covered a great deal of the cost, TAP is still looking at out-of-pocket expenses of over $5,000. The amount cuts into budgeted programs, challenging the nonprofit theater’s mission of “providing affordable, professional year-round theatre to Door County’s residents and visitors.” TAP opened the GoFundMe campaign to offset at least some of the financial burden from those extra costs.
To make a donation to the campaign, click HERE.
Donations also can be made by calling TAP at 920-743-1760. All donations are tax-deductible.