“We were pleased when we reached the goal for the first phase of the campaign, set for $200,000 by September,” Jim Opdahl, treasurer of the Friends of the Wright Opera House said. “But the donations and pledges have continued to come in. This support, reaching substantially over our original goal and continuing beyond the publicized date, makes a strong statement about the importance of accomplishing this project.
“In 2009, we were able to provide programming in the Opera House which gave a taste of what will be possible when the building has been saved, preserved, and upgraded for 21st Century use. We were able to present musical events of a variety of genres with both local talent and professional performers, theater productions, and the amazing Weehawken Dance Programs. Audiences responded enthusiastically to the opportunity this facility will create for our county.”
Dee Williams, FWOH events chair, is also looking forward to the upcoming year’s plans.
“Now that we know there are significant audiences for our events, we can plan for a more substantial program and will work to provide as much entertainment as we can within our current resources,” Williams said. “This is a time when we must use much of the revenue for the purchase of the building, but we still want to keep ticket prices at a reasonable level. We are researching several resources for quality entertainment. And, we welcome suggestions for types of entertainment and/or potential performers we should incorporate into our programming.”