Dallas — The Dallas Theater Center donated more than $138K to the North Texas Food Bank on Monday, of which $80K was collected from patrons after this year's production of A Christmas Carol. Another $57 came from an anonymous donor.
Here's more from the DTC news release:
DALLAS (January 11, 2016) – Dallas Theater Center announced today $138,020.69 was presented to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) following the run of DTC’s production of A Christmas Carol. For the eighth consecutive year, DTC partnered with NTFB to collect donations and canned goods during performances of A Christmas Carol from Nov. 25 to Dec. 26, 2015. Patrons donated more than $80,000, and with the generosity of an anonymous donor, an additional $57,000 was added to the final total. The total amount raised will provide 414,062 meals for those in need across North Texas.
"Dallas Theater Center is proud to serve as a town hall where the people of Dallas come together and experience humanity,” said Dayron Miles, Manager of Community and Audience Engagement at DTC. “We cry together, laugh together, and care together. Together we were able to benefit our neighbors who deal with food insecurity and support the North Texas Food Bank. That's the spirit of Dallas!"
"A heartfelt thank you to the cast, crew and patrons of the Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol," said Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of North Texas Food Bank. "Each year I am amazed by the energy and passion of the DTC cast who ask patrons to open their hearts and their wallets to feed the hungry right here in North Texas. This year, more than $138,000 was collected. These funds will provide access to more than 414,000 meals for hungry children, seniors and families. What a wonderful way to start 2016!"
In addition, DTC’s Project Discovery participants contributed a total of 211 items for the Project Discovery “Fight Against Hunger” food drive. Kemp High School contributed 95 items, alongside other participating schools South Garland High School, Lamar High School, and Ranchview High School. Project Discovery helps students and teachers experience and study live, professional theater, making theater more accessible to students, regardless of their ability to pay and increases engagement of students in experiences that explore issues using theater as a catalyst. Roughly half of Project Discovery participants will see a professional theater production for the first time while in the program and more than 90% of participants indicate an increased level of confidence in attending theater and sharing opinions about their experience.
DTC administrative staff, crew, Brierley Resident Acting Company and the cast of A Christmas Carol also spent a day volunteering at one of the Food Bank’s two Dallas facilities. For more information on how to donate or volunteer at NTFB, please visit www.ntfb.org.