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OLT to Benefit from Online Fundraiser

MENA, Ark. (Feb. 29, 2016) – Mena /Polk County givers will have an opportunity to stretch their charitable dollars by making online gifts to Ouachita Little Theatre through ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 7.

Last year ArkansasGives raised $2 million online in one day for more than 350 nonprofits statewide. This year’s goal is $4 million. “Your online donation April 7 will help Ouachita Little Theatre earn bonus dollars from a $400,000 bonus pool provided by Arkansas Community Foundation,” said Rudi Timmerman. “It’s one day, one easy way to give.”

On April 7, the public will be able to give online from smartphones, tablets or personal computers by going to ArkansasGives.org, choosing Ouachita Little Theatre and making a credit card donation. In addition to the value of their gift, ArkansasGives donors will help Ouachita Little Theatre receive a portion of the bonus dollars and help them compete for additional cash prizes from First Security Bank that will be awarded to the organizations that raise the most individual donations and most total dollars.

“We’re hoping to get donors to mark their calendars now to participate in this first-time statewide ArkansasGives day,” said Timmerman. “They can also text ARGIVES to 24587 to receive a reminder text to give on April 7.”

ArkansasGives is presented by Arkansas Community Foundation, in partnership with Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance and AT&T Arkansas. Media partners include THV 11 in Little Rock, KAIT in Jonesboro, KFSM TV 5 in Fort-Smith-Fayetteville, iHeart Media, the Arkansas Press Association, the Arkansas Broadcast Association and Soiree Magazine.

Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $132 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

“OLT is at a crossroads.  After providing young and old, the opportunity to grow culturally, both on and off the stage for over 36 years through the presentation of hundreds of shows, finances are such that the maintenance of the building is becoming an obstacle to continued operation.  It is the hope that ArkansasGives will help mitigate this problem.  Your participation April 7 will be greatly appreciated,” said Timmerman.

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