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Miracle Theatre and Community Foundation receive $20,000 to launch Raising Hope Campaign for refugees

Miracle Theatre and the Prince George Community Foundation have announced the Raising Hope Campaign with the intent of raising $100,000 to help further support Ukrainians arriving in Prince George through the Refugee and Hope Endowment Fund. This campaign has been kicked off in a big way with a $20,000.00 donation by local resident Eli Klasner.

“So many of us are thriving today because generations before us were welcomed as refugees. In fact, for some of us, our very existence depended on that,” said Klasner about the reason he is helping to launch this campaign and support Miracle Theatre’s latest production.

The Refugee and Hope Endowment Fund will be established through the proceeds of Miracle Theatre’s upcoming production of Dancing Lessons.   The fund will provide support for Share Hope Prince George and the work they are doing in assisting Ukrainians who are settling in our community, seeking refuge from the war.  At a future time, when this is no longer required, income from the fund will go to support Prince George organizations assisting those who find themselves in our city seeking refugee from violence or disaster – whether they come from across the globe or down the street. The fund is managed by the Prince George Community Foundation.

“We were speechless when Eli approached us about this donation,” said Anne Laughlin, producer and Ted Price, director of Miracle Theatre, in a statement. “To have a community leader like Eli come forward and want to support the fundraising work of Miracle Theatre and the community in this huge way is just so uplifting and inspiring.”

The goal is to raise 60 per cent or $60,000 before opening day of the production Dancing Lessons.

If you are interested in contributing to this campaign you can donate on the Foundation’s website at, call our office at 250-562-7772 or mail a donation to the Foundation at 102-1584 7th Avenue,  V2L 3P4. The Foundation’s office hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 2pm.  A Charitable Donation Tax Receipt will be provided.

Mindy Stroet, Director of Development with the Foundation summed up the situation by saying, “We know that the need is still very real in our community. This big show of support today will only help to make it a little bit easier for those who are fleeing their homes to find safety by coming to Prince George.”  

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