LIMA — This week the Veterans Memorial Civic Center will be putting on an old-fashioned telethon to raise funds.
However, there is even more emphasis on this year’s campaign with the Civic Center’s loss in revenue due to the novel coronavirus’s impact on mass gatherings and entertainment.
Abe Ambroza, CEO of the Civic Center, along with other organization leaders have made their struggles very well-known. The Civic Center staff has been cut down to 50% as the venue has fallen through the cracks on nearly all federal aid packages.
“We’re still trying to find the answers and find additional revenue. Unfortunately, the way [federal packages] are designed have missed us and none of those grants have come through as of yet,” Ambroza said. “We’re going to keep doing what we can to find additional aid. Luckily, we haven’t had to cancel a lot of events, just reschedule, so we’re hoping we can start to see revenue increase down the road … What we’re working on here is to make sure once we do get through this, we can be there as a venue to provide an escape and to provide entertainment safely.”
The telethon will include a lineup of 16 local acts that include members of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Octopus Productions, local vocalists and dancers and even some comedy and juggling.
During the event, those looking to donate can go to the Civic Center’s website or call the box office at 419-224-1552.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.