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Beline Obeid
July 11, 2013
In less than 24 hours, Grosse Pointe Theatre raised enough matching funds to help upgrade its body microphones and sound equipment.

The theater had the opportunity to obtain money for updating its sound equipment in a fundraising campaign that runs through Aug. 27 through a “Power2 Give” program. It matches dollar-for-dollar, small projects from a $60,000 grant offered by the Ford Foundation and administered through a third party theater-linked organization.

GPT received a $3,000 matching grant, to be turned into $6,000.

The theater is one of 60 Detroit-area arts organizations competing for matching funds.

GPT’s president Theresa Selvaggio announced the fundraising challenge June 26. The $3,000 goal was met through individual donations and matched by the Ford Foundation.

The new funds will be used to upgrade the microphones and audio infrastructure for theater productions.

The theater’s communications director Mike Trudell said, “It speaks volumes about how much GPT means to so many — to help enrich the theatrical experience for everyone that touches our product.”

The theater began using body microphones for its musical productions more than 30 years ago.

The theater is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible and can be sent to the Grosse Pointe Theatre, 315 Fisher Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, or visit gpt.org.

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