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Pearl repairs can get underway thanks to generous donor

| August 25, 2022 1:00 AM

BONNERS FERRY — An anonymous donor, saying the community’s Pearl Theater is a treasure worth saving, made a $10,000 contribution in July.

Theater officials said the donation will allow work to at least get started on long-awaited and critical repairs to the historical building.

"I opened the envelope and there was a nice card inside," said Pearl Treasurer Jessica Tingley, "and a check with all those zeroes. I called to ask if they might have added too many, but no, it was right. Since she couldn't give time, she gave money, saying the Pearl was a community treasure worth saving. This is life-changing for the theater."

It will take more money, of course, and donations are always welcome, Tingley said. However, just as essential are people with the expertise to help plan and oversee the work that needs to be done, from foundation repair to siding, new gutters and ceiling tiles to a new roof, projects expected to take two to three years or more to complete.

Those interested in helping are always invited to "Backstage at the Pearl," a meeting of volunteers at 6 p.m. each Monday at the Pearl, 7160 Ash St., Bonners Ferry, for those who just want to look around as well as those willing to get their hands dirty.

Those who don't have time but want to help can send donations to The Pearl Theater, Box 1888, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

The Pearl Theater, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 with the goal of providing quality performing arts in an intimate historic downtown theater.

Artfully renovated from an old church, the theater is conveniently located just a few blocks from the downtown.

The Pearl Theater’s objective as a nonprofit is to foster and develop the artistic talents and skills of community members of all ages, to serve as an outreach to encourage and facilitate social activities, and to nurture excellence in the performing arts through the presentation of performing artists from the local area as well as national and international arenas.

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