Downtown's Strand Theatre renovations are continuing

Through continued fundraising efforts such as the Strand's Sponsor a Seat program - which gives those donating $150 to $500 an engraved nameplate for a theatre seat - the project will succeed, Mundy said.

"I have somebody who bought two in the back because they kissed there," she said. "I have a family that's bought a whole row."

It's that connection to local history that makes the Strand more than a building, Mundy said.

"I think anytime you can restore something to its grandeur of the way they used to build things is important. It's important for our heritage it's important for the community," she said.

And, now is a critical time to help make donations go farther, Mundy emphasized. Donations made before Wednesday, June 30, will be counted toward the NCCCA's required matching portion toward an Empire State Tax Credit.

For more information on how to donate, contact Mundy at 563-1604, or visit the NCCCA Web site at www.plattsburgharts.org.

"I would like to see [the Strand] be everything the community needs," said Mundy. "There are so many things it could be."

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