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|Princess Foundation formed|
The Princess Theatre has become a vibrant center of performing arts, providing a creative outlet for resident of Franklin Parish and the surrounding area.
In an effort to sustain the programs of the theatre, and to provide a base for future growth, the Princess theatre Foundation was recently formed.
President Mary Belle White said the group wants to secure funding for the endeavors of the Princess Theatre, promote support for the arts and generate interest in performance opportunities.
"The Princess Theatre has operated in the black for the past 12 years," White said. "That is partly due to funds secured from the state through the efforts of Tommy Usery and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, and capital outlay grants received through the efforts of our legislators Noble Ellington and Lelon Kenny."
The Princess Foundation will work toward making the theatre self-sustaining, White said.
"The Princess Theatre and the adjacent Princess Room are old buildings which require repairs and upgrades on a regular basis to maintain the property," White said. "There is also an interest in acquiring additional property in the area."
"The scope of the Princess Theatre is amazing," White said. "What has been accomplished by the boards working for the theatre has been outstanding. The Princess Foundation wants to insure that this work can continue."
The foundation has been approved by the IRS for Section 501(C)(3) status and will be accepting funds in the form of memorial and honorarium contributions, cash donations, wills, endowments and grants from the private sector.
"There are a lot of people in Franklin Parish and the region who have an emotional attachment to the Princess Theatre," vice president Eleanor Hatfield said. "Many grew up watching movies here and have enjoyed seeing the theatre thrive once again. The foundation will give people an opportunity to participate in preserving this wonderful theatre for future generations."
Also serving on the board of the Princess Foundation are Thomas Barham, Betty Cummins, John Dailey Jr., Jerry Gandy, Judge Rudy McIntyre, Paul Price Jr., Barry Stevens, Bert Hammons, treasurer, and Gene Thompson.
For more information or to make a contribution, contact any board member.
THE PRINCESS Foundation has been established to secure funding for the Princess Theatre to ensure its continuing presence in the community. The board of directors includes (from left to right), John Dailey, treasurer Bert Hammons, Gene Thompson, vice president Eleanor Hatfield, president Mary Belle White, secretary Judge Rudy McIntyre, Paul Price Jr. and Barry Stevens. For a complete story, please see Page 3A. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)