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AT&T Continues Support of Barter Theatre with $25,000 Match

By June 12, 2022No Comments


AT&T Continues Support of Barter Theatre with $25,000 Match

ABINGDON, Va.— Between June 10th and July 15th, AT&T will match any gift that is given to Barter dollar for dollar, up to a total of $25,000. All proceeds will go towards Barter’s Annual Fund for Artistic Excellence, which will help the theater continue to welcome patrons for years to come.

According to Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown, “all gifts given to the theater helps us to create productions which will bring people into our region both now, and into the future.” Jackie Blevins, Director of Advancement & External Affairs, agreed with the following statement: “Barter Theatre is very grateful for this extraordinary relationship with AT&T and the opportunity to create this matching initiative for our donors!” 

Vince Apruzzese, Regional Vice President of AT&T Virginia, had this to add: ​​“We’re glad that the ‘Make me a Match’ initiative the Barter Theatre launched in 2020 remains a great way for the theatre to provide high-quality performing arts programs in Southwest Virginia. We look forward to another successful season.”

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About Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The theatre opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. Founder Robert Porterfield offered patrons admission to the theatre by bartering food and livestock. Barter Theatre was designated as the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946. It exists today as one of the last year-round professional resident repertory theaters remaining in the United States.  Barter Theatre is funded in part by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. 


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