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.
"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.