Less than two weeks after the Springer Opera House announced a capital campaign to raise $11.5 million to build a new children's theater and education center for the 139-year-old theater, an anonymous donor has given $1 million.
The "Set the Stage" campaign was kick-started with a $3 million gift from Springer trustee and former actress Dorothy "Dot" McClure through the McClure Family Foundation.
In total, the Springer has received $8.5 million, which includes donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
The latest donor asked the Springer to keep the gift anonymous, said Springer spokesman Scooter MacMillan.
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"They did not want the light to shine on them, instead they wanted the light to shine on the campaign," said Paul Pierce, the Springer's artistic director.