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Kiwanis Donates to Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre

By Staff | Mar 29, 2018

KIWANIS DONATION- On Thursday, March 22 Kiwanis of Emmetsburg donated $1,000 to Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre (EMSCT). Kiwanis would like to challenge other volunteer organizations in the community to do the same. EMSCT is raising money as a way to continue to provide Emmetsburg and surrounding communities with delightful theatre productions. --Anna Veltri photo

On Thursday, March 22, Emmetsburg Kiwanis donated $1,000 to Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre (EMSCT). EMSCT has been raising money in order to continue providing Emmetsburg and surrounding communities with quality entertainment.

Each year, EMSCT encourages children and adults alike to audition and star in numerous performances from comedies to musicals. EMSCT strives to help individuals find hidden talents and make new friends in the community. In order to continue performances, EMSCT has been raising funds to cover operating costs. Each production funs over $1,000 or more just for the rights and royalties to a production.

Kiwanis is a service based organization originating in Detroit, MI. It was originally named the “Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order of Brothers” but later changed its name to Kiwanis. The name Kiwanis comes from a Native American expression, “Nunc Kee-wanis” meaning, “we trade.” The motto changed in 1920 to “we build.” It changed once again in 2005 when members of Kiwanis voted to change it to “serving the children of the world.”

Serving children is a main focus of the Kiwanis organization. During a single year, Kiwanis as a whole completes 150,000 service projects for communities around the world. Today there are more than 600,000 Kiwanis members in 80 countries.

Emmetsburg Kiwanis plays a huge role in helping out our city and county. Kiwanis works to make lunches and stuff backpacks for Feed our Kids; the club charters the Boy Scout Troops of Emmetsburg; and many other service projects throughout the community. Kiwanis saw merit in the Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre. The theatre does at least one children’s show each year helping young persons gain self-confidence as well as experiment with their many talents. In return, Kiwanis donated $1,000 to the theatre’s fundraiser.

“We would like to challenge other organizations in our community to meet or exceed our donation,” commented Margay Grose. There are many volunteer and service based organizations with in the County, and Kiwanis would like these organizations to contribute to the theatre or other projects that they are passionate about.

If you would like to donate to Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre, money can be donated at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank in town, checks can be given to any member of the theatre board, or the theatre has set up a GoFundMe webpage where one can pay with a debit card.