Georgia Trust Partners With Georgia Theatre in Athens to Establish Rehabilitation...

Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:43pm EDT

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Georgia Trust Partners With Georgia Theatre in Athens to Establish
Rehabilitation Fund

ATLANTA, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Georgia Trust recently
partnered with owners of the Georgia Theatre to set up a fund dedicated to the
rehabilitation of the historic theater in Athens that was destroyed by fire in
late June.

The Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund is set up through The Georgia Trust, a
501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations received by The Georgia Trust are
tax-deductible and will be placed in a restricted account to be used solely
for the purposes of rehabilitating the historic theater. The Trust will
disperse funds to the owners of the Georgia Theatre upon receiving invoices
showing actual costs of the rehabilitation. These costs will include
construction costs, and architectural and engineering fees.

"The Georgia Trust is pleased to act as a fiscal agent to accept donations for
the rehabilitation of the Georgia Theatre. Donations can be made to The
Georgia Trust, and we will insure that the funds are spent solely for the
purpose of rehabilitating this historic building in downtown Athens," said
Mark C. McDoanld, President and CEO of the Trust.

"Fans and artists from all over the world have reached out offering to help us
save this truly magical and historic building. Our partnership with the
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will make it possible for us to revive
the Georgia Theatre in a manner that will ensure its storied legacy. Athens
just wouldn't be the same without it," said Georgia Theatre owner Wilmot

Donations to the Georgia Theater Rehabilitation Fund can be sent to The
Georgia Trust at:  The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Georgia
Theatre Rehabilitation Fund, Attn: Kate Ryan, 1516 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta,
GA 30309.

For more information about the Georgia Theater Rehabilitation Fund, contact
Kate Ryan, programs manager for the Trust, at 404-885-7817 or

About the Georgia Theatre
The Georgia Theatre is a music venue in downtown Athens, Georgia.  Since its
construction in the 1890s, the building served as a YMCA, a furniture store,
and several other businesses before becoming a movie theatre in the 1930s. 
Its unique art deco facade has changed very little since then.  The Georgia
Theatre became a music venue in the late 1970s, quickly emerging as a
cornerstone of the world-renowned Athens music scene.  Legendary artists like
The Police, Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, and more recently David
Bryne and Beck have played memorable shows in this historic venue.  The
Georgia Theatre remains a favorite of bands and music lovers for its intimate
charm and epic concerts.

About The Georgia Trust
Founded in 1973, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the
country's largest statewide, non-profit preservation organizations.  Committed
to preserving and enhancing Georgia's communities and their diverse historic
resources for the education and enjoyment of all, the Trust generates
community revitalization by acquiring endangered properties and finding
appropriate buyers for them; provides design assistance and encourages
neighborhood revitalization in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains teachers
in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students to discover state and national
history through local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax
incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.  For more information
about the Trust, visit

    For More Information Contact:
    Georgia Theatre
    Wilmot Greene

    The Georgia Trust
    Traci Clark, 404-885-7802

SOURCE  The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

Traci Clark of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, +1-404-885-7802,; or Wilmot Greene of the Georgia Theatre,
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