WBTT Raises Over $200,000 During Sold-Out Fundraising Celebration

Arts & Culture

Pictured: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's April Fools Fete committee Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

On April 4, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presented its lively and music-filled fundraiser, the April Fools Fête, in the ballroom at Michael’s On East. This year’s country-themed celebration was a sold-out success, with 300 community members in attendance – most of them wearing cowboy and cowgirl-appropriate attire. The event raised more than $200,000 in support of WBTT’s education programs. Guests were welcomed by WBTT board chair Doris Johnson, then event co-chairs Nancy Flanagan and Lois Wilkins recognized sponsors, committee members and the organization’s hardworking staff and consultants. After a barbecue dinner and classic dessert of apple pie a la mode, executive director Julie Leach, education director Jim Weaver, and founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs took the stage to focus on WBTT’s mission and education programs. One highlight of the evening was Jacobs’ emotional performance of “You’re Still the One” (Shania Twain), dedicated to WBTT’s Ambassador Circle co-chair and former CEO Christine Jennings, who has long encouraged Jacobs to direct a country-themed program.

"We could not have been more excited to be back in person with our supporters for our April Fools Fête this year," said WBTT's Executive Director Julie Leach. "The wholehearted support the community feels for our mission and work could not have been more evident; we are immensely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and guests, which will translate into greater reach for our education programs.”

Pictured: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's April Fools Fete committee Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

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