Emerald Coast Theatre Company Receives $16,500 Donation From St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.

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September 27, 2017
The gift was donated to support ECTC’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program
 
Miramar Beach, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2017) – Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has received a $16,500 donation from St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.
 
The generous gift qualifies St. Joe Foundation as a title sponsor of ECTC’s 2017-2018 season and an Executive Producer of the ECTC Theatre for Young Audiences program.
 
Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences program showcases professional actors performing productions especially selected for young audience members.
 
“Nonprofits in major cities have the benefit of having access to major corporate sponsorships. We don't have that benefit here. The St. Joe Community Foundation's partnership is ensuring that ECTC can serve our children the way we need to in our coastal community. This support from the St. Joe Community Foundation is vital to the growth and impact of ECTC mission to serve our children,” said ECTC Producing Artistic Director Nathanael Fisher.
 
The St. Joe Community Foundation was created in 1999 as a way for The St. Joe Company (JOE) to invest in Northwest Florida’s civic infrastructure and build healthier communities: quality health care; good schools; respect for the environment; and programs that honor local arts and cultural heritage of the region. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $18 million.
 
This is the third year the St. Joe Community Foundation has supported Emerald Coast Theatre Company. Year one they sponsored the production of "A Dickens Christmas.” Last year they provided a grant that helped ECTC purchase curtains for the 560 Grand Boulevard performance space. This year, their funds will help support ECTC’s TYA program, which will present three productions: “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” (Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., October 13-28); “A Mark Twain Storybook” (Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., January 26-February 3); and “Aesop's Fables” (Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., April 6-14, 10 a.m.).
 
“The joy and excitement that ECTC brings through its theatrical programming for both young and old in our community is a welcome addition to the cultural arts arena in Walton County,” said St. Joe Coummunity Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno. “The St. Joe Community Foundation is proud to sponsor the young audience programs for the 2017-2018 school year and looks forward to ECTC’s continued success in Northwest Florida.”
 
Since it was founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher, ECTC’s education programs have reached more than 12,700 children in three counties throughout Northwest Florida. 
 
ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. A 501(c)(3), ECTC does not earn enough revenue from ticket sales and tuition and therefore relies on individual and corporate donations to operate its professional year-round programs.
 
To make a tax-deductible donation, become a member, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
 
PHOTO CAPTION:
Nathanael and Anna Fisher along with young thespians from ECTC’s Theatre Education program celebrate the receipt of St. Joe Community Foundation’s gift.
 
ABOUT EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY
Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational outreach includes after school and home-school programs, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. The professional theater efforts are focused on thought provoking productions, festivals and collaborations as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults.
 
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