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Barter Theatre Announces $175,000 Challenge Match

By November 29, 2021No Comments

Barter Theatre Announces $175,000 Challenge Match

ABINGDON, Va.—Barter Theatre announced that its Board of Trustees has issued a $175,000 Challenge Match, meaning that any donation made between now and December 31st will be doubled. This is a $75,000 increase from last year’s Challenge Match of $100,000.

“It is the hope of the Board of Trustees that by increasing their Challenge Match, Barter will be able to raise more funds than ever before. Through the generosity of our Trustees, patrons, and supporters, we can assure that Barter Theatre will continue to grow and shine in our community for years to come, ” said Jackie  Blevins, Director of Advancement and External Affairs.

The funds raised from this challenge will go towards Barter’s Annual Fund for Artistic Excellence, which is essential in sustaining Barter as a hub of artistic vitality, educational innovation, and economic strength in the region. Tax deductible gifts can be made by going to their website at, or by calling 276-619-3315.


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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