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Driver Opera House restoration pledges building momentum
Movie premier
Pictured from L-R: Rik Swartzwelder, director of Old Fashioned; Ted Thuli, and Stan Krahenbuhl on the stage of the Driver Opera House.

    Since the beginning of October, with each new week, pledges for the Driver Opera House restoration project have been gaining momentum to save the historic building for Lafayette County and future generations.
    The recent movie premier pledge drive featuring the movie, Old Fashioned, raised close to $80,000 with more pledges coming in daily.
    Thus far, the Driver Opera House has raised $115,000 towards the $250,000 sum needed to obtain a matching funds grant to start the restoration. The grant expires at the end of the year; therefore, $135,000 is still needed in pledges and/or donations.
    Any size donation or pledge (payable over 2-5 years) would be greatly appreciated. The last couple of months have started the restoration fundraising with great enthusiasm from the community. With great momentum going now, even more support is needed.
    Even if you are not living in Darlington join in this worthy endeavor. You can “ like” the Driver Opera House Facebook page and see how you can help make a difference in the community and Lafayette County.
    If you would like to pledge along with the numerous individuals and businesses who realize the importance of restoring the Driver, please contact any of the Driver Opera House Board members: Stan Krahenbuhl, Becky Taylor, Candi Fitzsimons, Carla and Jim Jacobson, Kerry Black, Leona Havens, Steve Winslow, Yesenia Valenzuela, Ted and Angie Thuli.
    The Driver Opera House is a cornerstone of Darlington and Lafayette County. Help restore the Driver to its glory.