Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Clock ticking for nexStage

I want to thank Gary Hoffman for his reminder that time is ticking away and if we are going to save one of Ketchum's foremost attractions, the nexStage Theater, we need those who can step up financially to do so before the end of the month. Like it or not, ours is a tourist-based economy and the reason tourists come here over other destinations is because of the diversity of things to do here.

If it wasn't for the tourists there would be so much less here for us locals to enjoy. How many small communities have as many amenities as we do? Very few communities I've seen and of those that do, many are also tourist destinations.

The nexStage Theater offers a venue for many diverse groups and events that add flavor to our community. Without the nexStage, our community has one less opportunity to bring in the next great act, or the next event of any kind because of fewer venues to stage events.

The nexStage Theater is a valuable resource for our community and the clock is ticking that will either find Ketchum with one less venue or a valuable resource for years to come. So please step up and make a donation to save the nexStage Theater today.

To sweeten the pie, I've authorized the management of the nexStage to offer a free one-hour reflexology session to the next 10 people who donate $2,000 or more within the next two weeks. Please step up with your tax-deductible donation before the March 31 deadline and help save the nexStage Theater.

Mark Cook


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