The Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center presents “Keith Albee Gala – The Magic of Motown” trip back to Hitsville USA-themed fundraiser to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the historic theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 31st 2015.
Held at the Keith-Albee, the fundraiser cost is $100 per person with all proceeds going towards restoration projects.
This years entertainment will be provided by nationally acclaimed band “The Motown Experience”, with former members of The Miracles, The Temptations, The Contours, and The Capitals.
Tickets will be available at The Old Village Roaster next door to the Keith Albee.
Donations can be sent via check written to: Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, and mailed to:
423 6th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701.
Featured Entertainment – The Motown Experience
An all-star lineup of world class motown vocalists drawn from the ranks of the legendary groups that made these hits timeless classics.
The show is jam-packed with impeccable harmonies, dazzling choreography, and those timeless Motown songs that everyone knows and loves.
Former members of The Miracles, The Temptations, The Contours, & The Capitals. (More info on Motown Experience)
Backed by a 6 piece band this group of legends is touring to the Keith Albee for a one night only show that you will not want to miss!
To watch a video of this group click here.
The Orpheum Society
In order to insure a bright future for the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, a unique entity has been formed to assist in this most deserving project – The Orpheum Society.
This organization takes its name from the famed “Orpheum Circuit,” a chain of Vaudeville and movie houses that operated from 1886 through 1927, when it merged with the Keith-Albee Theatre chain, ultimately becoming the Radio-Keith- Orpheum (RKO) Company. RKO became one of the major Hollywood studios of the 1930s and ‘40s. Interestingly, the dressing rooms at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center are all named for stops on the original Orpheum Circuit.
Membership in The Orpheum Society is available to persons who desire to become members of this vehicle which will be a vital part of the long-term renovation and revitalization of the Keith-Albee. Memberships may be purchased for a one-time gift of $1,000.00, payable prior to January 31st, 2015.
The benefits of membership in to the exclusive Orpheum Society are as follows:
Invitations to private receptions
Advance notice of upcoming events
Opportunity to purchase tickets prior to “on sale” dates for select performances
Discounted pricing for select special events
Networking opportunities with like-minded persons who share your passion for restoring national treasures
Names on honorary plaque at the Keith-Albee
Other benefits developed by fellow members of The Orpheum Society
For more information call MPE at 304-697-4222.
Update from last year
Here is an update for publication regarding the 2015 Keith Albee Gala and the fundraising efforts:
The Keith Albee is indeed singular. It is the last remaining atmospheric theater designed be the legendary architect Thomas Lamb.
An important Capital Campaign is being launched, under the leadership of Fundraising Committee Chair Dan Gooding. Gooding joins Ed Seiler, Irv Johnson, and Don Greathouse as the latest additions to the KAPAC Board of Directors.
The Capital Campaign targets the complete renovation and restoration of the theater, which opened it’s doors in 1928. The landmark building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and has been a source of pride for the city of Huntington and the state of West Virginia for over eighty eight years.
So far, updates to the facility include restoring the unique vertical sign to it’s original splendor, replacing all five roofs on the building, installing a new rigging system on the stage, and adding a handicapped-accessible restroom to the ground level. Similar efforts are on-going.
The fully restored Keith Albee promises to be the cornerstone of the performing arts in the region, an important economic development component for downtown Huntington, and a true source of pride for everyone who enters its doors.
In order to secure the funding to complete the task at hand, the Fundraising Committee is looking into tax credits, grants, and contributions from far and wide. Donations can be made payable to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and mailed to P.O. Box 5425, Huntington, WV, 25703.
Individuals who contribute $1,000.00 or more automatically become members of The Orpheum Society, an organization formed to further the cause of renovation, restoration, and operation of this functioning historic work of art.
Your contributions and support are very much appreciated.
Together, we can reach this lofty goal.
For more information, please contact Bill Heaberlin at (304) 697-4222
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