RTP in second place as the Amazing Raise continues!
It’s been four years since the first Amazing Raise, and it’s quickly become one of the most celebrated events for non-profits around the Richmond region.
The 36-hour online giving challenge encourages people to support their favorite causes and orgs right here in RVA. And with over $3.3 million raised in the last three years, the event gives the local orgs a lot to celebrate.
And checking the leaderboard (at 11:30 AM Thursday) which tallies total donations so far, the Richmond Triangle Players are in second place with almost 14 K in donations!
While there are literally hundreds of groups for folks to choose from, we thought we’d pick out a few who stood out in the LGBTQ community. Consider donating through the links below!
Gay Community Center of Richmond
We develop and help sustain organizations, programs and services that contribute to a vibrant Central Virginia community that shares our values of diversity, inclusion, individual dignity, equality and civic engagement.
Ensuring Virginia’s sexual minority youth an equal opportunity for success through access to support, education, and advocacy.
Fan Free Clinic
Fan Free Clinic provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment
In the 1970s, FFC’s efforts were focused on women’s health and the prevention of transmissible diseases. In the 1980s—responding to the onset of a national epidemic—FFC established the first community-based HIV/AIDS outreach program in the state (and retains to this day a leadership position among HIV/AIDS service organizations). Today, as more and more individuals and families find themselves without adequate health care coverage and affordable resources, FFC is reshaping itself once again to meet contemporary challenges.
It’s this responsiveness—fueled by ingenuity and an unwavering commitment to the community it serves—that characterizes FFC and allows us to say “Welcome”…day after day, month after month, and year after year.
The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance
The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance is a diverse group of individuals and organizations that believe that ALL people have the right to a life free of sexual and domestic violence.
We will use our diverse and collective voice to create a Virginia free from sexual and domestic violence-inspiring others to join and support values of equality,respect and shared power.
We recognize that sexual and domestic violence are linked to other forms of oppression, which disproportionately affect women, children and other marginalized people. Understanding the great harm racism has created for individuals,families and our communities in Virginia, we commit to building within the coalition an anti-racist framework from which to address sexual and domestic violence.
Richmond Triangle Players
To produce and present exemplary theater works, including new and original works, that are worthy of national / international recognition.
To broaden the exposure, appeal and relevance of RTP’s programming.
To control mission delivery through careful and disciplined asset management and fiscal planning.
THEN: WHERE WE HAVE BEEN
In 1992 Steve J. Earle, Michael Gooding and Marcus Miller got together to produce a three night run of one-act plays we calledSafe Sex based on Harvey Fierstein’s trilogy. Harvey gave us special permission to addForget Him, which he had never let anyone else produce. The objective was to raise money for the aids crisis, which after 10 years of incubation in big cities, was then reaching serious proportions and looming large in the consciousness of Richmond. Thus was born Richmond Triangle Players. When we formed the company, Jacqui Singleton, local playwright, director, actor and musician, joined the board. John Knapp joined us to directVampire Lesbians of Sodom andSleeping Beauty or Coma, and now serves as Vice President and Artistic Director.
For 15 years our home at Fieldens Cabaret Theatre was a cozy theater with a postage-stamp stage, on the top floor of a popular late-night club. The intimacy and atmosphere of the Fieldens space played a unique role in RTP’s history and artistic identity, as did its discomforts. Amenities were few. Access was difficult with steep stairs and no elevator, and restrooms were rudimentary. Heating and cooling were problematic. Overhead costs were modest, but options were limited.
However, success and growing audiences told us it was time for a new home. Inspired by the vision outlined at RTP’s 15th Anniversary Gala in September 2007, and the offer to us of a property that might provide a permanent home that the company could afford, RTP’s Board of Directors conducted due diligence on feasibility and the significant renovations needed to create a functional theater. Rental costs were below market rate; RTP would assume normal utility and other monthly costs. Well-known Richmond architects and contractors pledged their support. Board members and supporters volunteered their legal, renovation and business expertise.
Beginning the fall of 2008, we “hit the road” leaving our home of 15 years. For the next eighteen months, RTP was virtually a traveling troupe, producing shows in venues as varied as The Hat Factory in Shockoe Slip, the Metropolitan Community Church, the Gay Community Center, HATTheatre in the far west end, and the historic Empire Theatre complex downtown.
NOW: WHERE WE ARE…
Despite the nation’s worst financial downturn in half a century, funds were raised, and construction began. Finally, renovations were finished, final inspections were completed and on February 10, 2010, Richmond Triangle Players opened its inaugural production,Facing East, in its wonderful new theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue.
RTP has transformed a former car radiator repair shop into a flexible, 4,000 square foot performing arts facility accommodating a 99-seat theater, dressing area, a graceful lobby, a generous bar, and comfortable restrooms. The ADA-compliant design is accessible to all. The new facility is available to the Richmond community for art shows, cabaret performances, private parties, and for use by other theatre companies. It is a safe and welcoming gathering place for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. And, the company can now qualify for grant support from foundations, government and corporate sources.
OUR FUTURE, AND YOU
Most important, this exciting new venture will enhance understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for the unique and irreplaceable role that Richmond Triangle Players plays in the artistic, cultural and social life the of the Richmond area.
But there is still more to do. While many generous donors came forward to help us fund planning, development, and initial construction and renovations, we still have work to do, and bills to pay. We need to retire the balance on the remodeling line of credit with the bank, complete outfitting the space, and provide for storage. We also want to complete exterior upgrades and provide for visuals and signage. Your generous contributions to our Next Stage campaign will help us complete this journey. Your partnership with us to this point, and association with us on the journey forward, will be a source of enjoyment and pride to you and will merit the appreciation of the entire community for helping to provide this one-of-a-kind theater.
Founded in 1989 as Virginians for Justice, Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians.
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