Can you believe we have seen the end of 2018 already? We have been in the middle of this capital campaign, called Phase 2, for over 2 years and each year we see more support, more donations, and more love for our vision. We can’t wait to share Phase 2 with you – and we are getting closer everyday. So, let’s talk about 2018!
We started out the year doing some pretty fun things, including hosting The Ballad of Lefty Brown at the Babcock and enjoying the company of Bill Pullman and his lovely wife, Tamara. We held some events like the Oscars VIP event and 3 Course Conversation. Then we took over management of the Babcock and reopened it as a first fun, big budget film theater!
As far as Phase 2 goes, we continued to raise funds and were awarded a few grants, including a $12,000 grant from The Charles M. Bair Family Trust and $20,000 from the James R. and Christine M. Scott Family Foundation. And more recently, we were awarded $20,000 from the First Interstate Bank Foundation! Read the Gazette’s story here: https://billingsgazette.com/entertainment/community/art-house-cinema-receives-k-more-toward-expansion-project/article_d52d02eb-58b6-50e4-aa08-549d81b58ced.html
Earlier in the year, we were offered a $200,000 pledge from Singh Contracting. We were challenged by Singh to RAISE the $200,000 before the pledge would be fulfilled. Not only did they give us the whole year of 2018 to raise it, but in November, the challenge was extended until the end of February 2019.
By the end of 2018, we raised a total of $175,000! We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement. With only $25,000 to go and 2 EXTRA months to raise it, we are confident that we will meet our goals and hit that $200,000!
Since launching our Phase 2 Capital Campaign, we have raised $910,000 and we couldn’t have done it without you, our amazing supporters and donors.
We are looking forward to 2019 and to bringing Phase 2 to you. We have grants to write, events to plan, and some Phase 2 planning to do!
THANK YOU BILLINGS!