Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ford's Theatre Society Partners with Thrive DC on Donation Drive

The 2013 cast of A Christmas Carol (Photo: Scott Suchman)

From our friends at Ford's Theatre...

Ford's Theatre Society Partners with Thrive DC on Donation Drive Through Performances of A Christmas Carol

The Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the company of the 2014 production of A Christmas Carol is partnering with Thrive DC to create a donation drive inspired by the themes of charity in Dickens’s holiday classic. During the curtain calls for performances of A Christmas Carol, the company will collect monetary donations on behalf of the Washington-based non-profit Thrive DC. Patrons also can make donations through the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. All donation checks should be made payable to “Thrive DC.” A Christmas Carol plays at Ford’s Theatre from November 20, 2014, through January 1, 2015.

This is the sixth year that Ford’s Theatre has partnered with a local non-profit during its run of A Christmas Carol. In the past four years, the acting company has raised more than $375,000 for local charities, including Covenant House Washington, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Bread for the City, to help sustain their work with thousands in the D.C.-area who struggle with hunger and homelessness.

“Each holiday season, Dickens’s timeless story reminds us to stop for a moment and consider how we each can make life brighter for others,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault. “We have been overwhelmed by the hearty outpouring of generosity during our annual Christmas Carol charity drive in years past, and I hope that audiences will open their hearts this year in support of Thrive DC’s efforts to assist where the need is great in our nation’s capital.”

 “To be selected by Ford’s Theatre for this incredible honor will mean so much to Thrive DC’s ability to meet the increasing need for homeless services in Washington, D.C.,” said Thrive DC’s Executive Director Alicia Horton. “Last year the homeless population increased 13 percent, and this winter the Interagency Council on Homelessness anticipates a 16 percent increase in homeless families. Thrive DC currently provides meals, emergency services, job training, case management and other specialized support to 200-275 people each day, and we must be prepared for more. The Ford’s Theatre annual Christmas Carol charity drive is the perfect example of Thrive DC’s vision of the community coming together to help those in need.”

About Thrive DC:
Founded in 1979, Thrive DC, previously known as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, is dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. In the last 35 years Thrive DC has grown and evolved from a volunteer-run soup kitchen to a comprehensive anti-poverty organization open to anyone in need regardless of age, gender, background, race or ethnicity. Each day, 200-275 homeless and low-income men, women and children enter Thrive DC’s doors for meals, job training, employment support, emergency services, housing placement assistance and other specialized support. Because of its organizational efficiency and programmatic impact, Thrive DC was selected by the 2012-13 Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region.”

About Ford’s Theatre Society:
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary Sacrifices and The Widow Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit