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2020 Twilight Theatre Gala a resounding success in Greensburg

Hannah Brown/Kiowa County Signal
Kiowa County Signal
The Dueling Pianos put on a show for those in attendance of the Twilight Theatre Annual Fundraising Gala earlier this month in Greensburg.

The Twilight Theatre and Community Auditorium hosted their annual fundraising gala on August 1 with 104 people in attendance. This was an event that not only provided funds for the theatre for the upcoming year, but also a good time for those in attendance. 

“I am always touched by the heartfelt generosity of this community and surrounding areas when we do our annual fundraiser,” said Alyssa Brown, Executive Assistant at the Twilight. “The highlight of the evening for me was laughing with my friends and coworkers and watching everyone having such a great time. It was badly needed.”

The layout for the event includes a catered dinner, an auction, and some form of entertainment. The meal, deemed “amazing” by Brown, was prime rib and salmon, with gourmet sides. Following the meal was the live auction. This year the auction was highlighted by celebrity autographed memorabilia. HiFi Productions presented Dueling Pianos. 

“[They] performed audience requests and involved the audience onstage in humorous ways. It was a good time for all!!” said Brown. 

A special part of the evening happened during the auction. The Twilight Theatre has youth memberships available for $35, which allows kids to view movies for just $4, instead of the usual price of $8. This year, 296 memberships were purchased and donated by those in attendance of the gala, a record number. These memberships can be claimed by families by filling out a form at the Twilight. There was over $20,000 raised at this year’s event, which is vital to the survival of the Twilight at this time because of the pandemic.

“Especially now during the pandemic, with no new movies to show and few people interested in the free vintage films we are showing, we need donations to survive,” said George Ryan, Twilight Executive Director. 

This is the fifth annual Twilight Fundraising Gala. The theme this year was Margaritaville, which was picked to allow people to be comfortable because due to the current climate in our country. Many of the guests donned Hawaiian attire to give the gala a more casual feel than in years past. 

“It’s been a rough year, and it was time to cut loose.” said Brown.