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Spotlight on nominee Theatre of Dare

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nominee Theatre of Dare

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy OBX nominees, we have nominee Theatre of Dare, nominated by donor obxlisa. They have served as OBX's community theater since 1991, while also offering scholarships to students pursuing careers in the arts. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Theatre of Dare

Community Theater for The Outer Banks

Theatre of Dare began in 1991 with the help of Ruth Ambrosius and Pat Clayton with the Outer Banks Forum. The first organizational meeting was held in November of that year and along with the Dare County Arts Council "TOD" was born. Actually the original (and mercifully brief) name of Theatre of Dare was the "Players of Truth and Dare"!

Auditions for the first production, California Suite, were held in January 1992 and the show was performed at the Port O'Call restaurant March 19-22, 1992, to great acclaim and gustatory delight. After a few other interesting locations were tried, the Theatre finally settled in the College of the Albemarle (formerly Manteo Middle School) auditorium, which had appropriate seating and a real theatrical stage... until 2017 when the auditorium was closed and torn down. Since then, Theatre of Dare has been a theatre 'on the run', performing in locations such as the Lost Colony Sound Stage, the Dare County Arts Council, Festival Park, and the Elizabethan Gardens. Someday, the Theatre hopes a kind and generous benefactor in need of a healthy tax deduction (T.O.D. is a bona fide 501c3) will donate a reasonably sized building on the beach that can become our permanent home, allowing us to avoid the splinters and arrows of outrageous fortune that accompany the constant moving of sets and sensibilities.

Since these humble beginnings, TOD has performed dozens of major plays and several second stage vignettes. Each season brings more talent and energy to each production and we welcome with mosh pit enthusiasm assistance of every type, from hammer-wielding set builders to shy, undiscovered talent, often discovered after a misplaced hammer blow to the thumb.

So come on in and click away and then contact us to find out how the Theatre of Dare can be fun for you too!

So check out this fun take-off on Rent's "Seasons of Love" from earlier this year where TOD was raising money to move into their new home in Kitty Hawk. Then please visit the page of nominee Theatre of Dare to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

April 2022 winner Dare Education Foundation

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Charitocracy OBX's 19th check to April winner Dare Education Foundation for $500

We have good news about April winner Dare Education Foundation, right after this quick update...

Keep being awesome.

You all make me so proud when it comes time to write our monthly grant checks. This money comes from you, and is pointed in the right direction by you. Jessica and I have the simple yet super satisfying job of signing the checks and putting them in the mail. But the rest is all you. Thanks for everything, and keep up the good work. Literally, good work. It doesn't get much better than this.

April 2022 winner Dare Education Foundation

At midnight on April 30 we named Charitocracy OBX's 19th monthly winner! Congratulations to Dare Education Foundation, nominated by donor obxsunny. They inspire our community to join together in a shared belief that by supporting our schools we are DEFining our future. You can find their website here.

Now you have a week to sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to DEF next week.

So finally, check out this 4 minute video about why our support is so vital to continue DEF's work for our Dare County students, teachers and schools. Then take a moment to feel good about your part in our collective $500+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

Have a great May and be sure to log into Charitocracy OBX to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

March 2022 winner Corolla Wild Horse Fund

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Charitocracy OBX's 18th check to March winner Corolla Wild Horse Fund for $501

We have good news about March winner Corolla Wild Horse Fund, right after this quick update...

Our first public event ever!

League of Women Voters of Dare County invited me and Jessica to speak at their monthly luncheon last month at 3 Tequilas in Kill Devil Hills on St. Patrick's Day. What a total blast! We had a lot of laughs telling them how Charitocracy works and about the origins of Charitocracy OBX. Donor (and prolific OBX nominator) John Towler wrote about it for their monthly newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity!

March 2022 winner Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Last night we named Charitocracy OBX's 18th monthly winner! Congratulations to Corolla Wild Horse Fund, nominated by donor sherylwthorp. They protect the herd of wild Mustangs in northernmost Currituck, and help preserve this land as their permanent sanctuary. You can find their website here.

Now you have a week to sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to CWHF next week.

So finally, check out this 2 minute trailer for The Secret of Corolla, a film that Corolla Wild Horse Fund sells as a fundraiser. Then take a moment to feel good about your part in our collective $501+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

Have a great April and be sure to log into Charitocracy OBX to update your votes or nominate a new cause!