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FCCF awards Times Theater $25,000 matching grant

Fulton County Community Foundation granted $25,000 to Times Theater to help with improvements required by local, state, and federal codes to get the facility up in running.


The grant was part of a matching opportunity that was presented to Times Theater earlier this summer. With Times Theater’s $25,000 raised and the $25,000 grant, the total $50,000 will help with their “Phase One” projects, such as repairing the handicap-accessible restroom, a support system for the performance stage, various plumbing, electrical, painting, construction repairs and upgrades.  


The Times’ Board of Directors were thrilled with the public response, said Renee Frenger, chairman of the Times’ Board. The nonprofit corporation has a seven-person board and was formed in 2016 to bring Rochester’s Main Street theater back to life. In addition to Frenger, Board Members include Christine Walsh, Phyllis Dausman, Julie Shambarger, Lizzz Honeycutt Melton, Adam Wilson, and Terry Lee. Brian Walsh, Nick Sayger, KovenantLiby and Ray Dausman are active committee members. 


Once the building is open to the public it will be available for live performances, live music, theatrical events, educational arts activities, and community events. To find out how you can participate, donate or volunteer, contact us at (574)835-0202, email: and follow us on Facebook.   


Picture from left: Jessica Mikel (Community Foundation), Renee Frenger and Julie Shambarger (Theater), Austin Shepherd, (Community Foundation), Terry Lee, Adam Wilson, Ray Dausman, Nick Sayger, and Phyliss Dausman (Theater).

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