A grassroots effort to raise money to save Haskell Playhouse in Alton is nearing its goal.  Supporters of the effort hope to bring in $50,000.  So far, total donations come in at over $40,000, so the head of the campaign has extended the effort past the original 50-day deadline of May 8.

Carolyn Dooley, Chairman of the Haskell Playhouse Restoration Commission, says she believes they can reach their goal, as there are a couple of grant applications she is feeling good about.

Click here for Dooley's comments

The playhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, remains open for parties and other activities and is the backdrop for summer band concerts by the Alton Muny Band.  To learn more about Haskell Playhouse and the effort to save it, follow a link at this story at Alton Daily News.com

www.haskellplayhouse.org

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