About $7000 was raised Saturday night at the “Mason City Live” fundraising event for the Arlee Theater’s new digital projector.
The talent show was organized and directed by Laura McClure, Amy Avart, and Carol Armour of Mason City, and was one of a series of shows used in the past to raise funds for the Mason City Christian Church. The decision to use this year’s show in support of the Arlee was the ladies’ idea.
“The three of us got together and started thinking about it,” Armour says. “We’re all movie goers, we enjoy the live shows, and we see how hard John and Gaye Maxson work to keep the theater going. We went to see them and they were excited about the idea. We appreciate that they trusted us to do the show.”
“Mason City Live” was preceded by a supper at the American Legion building catered by Jeff Oney and Mason City IGA. Guests then flocked to the theater, filling it to near capacity.
The “by donation” show featured area bands, vocalists, artist impersonators and comedy skits. The talent show was originally performed in 2004 and 2006. More recently it has been brought back for 2013 and 2014. Every edition has been popular.
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