Wow, this is beginning to feel like an alliance on Survivor! I will let Chris and Marsha sort it out while others consider bidding, but I will answer a few questions raised:
1. If you donate your tickets back, the theatre credits you with a donation in the amount of the tickets original price, and then we open those seats back up for sale. If you ever are not able to make a show, this is an excellent way to help the theatre. Also, check our homepage frequently during the week leading up to a show. We post premium tickets that get returned there. Often times, sponsors and event the artists give back unused tickets last minute.
2. The reception is by invitation only to sponsors (KEYE for this show) and members of our Century Club who are attending the show. Century Club members make a minimum donation of $10,000 that is used, in part, for historic preservation purposes to get ready for our 100th anniversary in 2015. Our goal is to identify 100 members each year between now and then so that eventually an endowment exists to permanently protect the Paramount. The sponsors and CC members alone have taken us to our maximum invitations for this show, but due to the LLS issues I extended one more invitation for the four people who come to the show as a result of this auction. I really can’t open up anymore invitations as there would be no way to fairly decide when to cut them off again. Sorry about that….unless you want to join the Century Club which you can do by clicking here to learn more.
3. Craig has a campaign to get honorary citizenship from as many cities as possible. I do not know what Governor Perry has done, but a representative from the City of Austin is presenting Craig with honorary citizenship at the reception (yikes, one more invitation).
4. Finally, I realize that these auctions quickly get to a level that prevents many from bidding. I want to point out, however, that the Paramount has a mission to make our shows available to a wide and diverse audience. To honor that, tickets to this show started as low as $25 as part of our introductory subscription rate. When shows are “age appropriate”, we also give away tickets to local non-profits working with disadvantaged youths. Often those kids get private receptions as well. That effort is called our Skinny’s Gallery program named after Skinny Pryor. You can donate to Skinny’s Gallery by clicking here. Oh, and sometimes members of our Century Club donate additional gifts so that we can offer these non-profits food as well as transportation to and from the show. Over 2,000 kids benefit each year.
I hope all this helps, and I am very excited about the bidding. Thank you to everyone so far…
To bid simply leave a comment. I will update the high bid each day. The winning bid must be confirmed before tickets are issued. The market value of the tickets is $180 so anything above that is considered a tax deductible donation and will go towards ongoing preservation and community outreach for the theatres. Bidding closes at 5PM on Wednesday.
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