Back Door Theater Quality auction items pouring in

Barbara Lawlor
NederlandBack door theater Auction

When opportunity knocks, throw the door wide open and welcome it with open arms. That is exactly what the gang from the Backdoor Theatre is doing. They are going full throttle ahead in their quest to raise $10,000 in the next couple of weeks.
It is a short amount of time to raise that much money in a small town like Nederland, but that $10,000 will bring in $30,000 more in grant money and the ability to pay off the BDT’s loan for the purchase of their new digital equipment.
Not having to worry about that sizeable debt, the theatre can use that money for other things, such as funding for the production of melodramas, musicals, plays and special performance events. BDT President Kayla Evans can’t wait to move forward on creative projects she has dreamed of for years.
About three months ago, a man approached Evans with a proposal that would benefit the theatre and Nederland area residents. With the closure of many small theaters due to the switch from analog to digital projectors, he sought funds from large corporations to help keep these theaters up and running.
Anyone who attended a movie at the Backdoor Theater knows that it is a unique experience. Where else does a large woman with long blonde hair and a big voice greet the film fans with local announcements and a raffle for goodies from the concession stand? Where else can one get bargain basement popcorn and a song if it is your birthday?
The movie theater benefactor managed to get a grant from a Colorado Foundation for a three-to-one matching funds allotment. The Backdoor Theatre Board met and brainstormed ways to earn $10,000 by the end of the month. Evans went to Mutual of Omaha Bank in Nederland and asked the loan manager if the theatre could borrow $10,000 if they couldn’t raise the money.
The bank’s answer to that was a $1,000 donation to get the ball rolling. Greg Ching, a home concert promoter and solar energy advocate, came up with another grand and the $10,000 dropped to $8,000, a step closer to getting it done.
Donation cans have been placed around town and local businesses, and residents have been asked to come up with items for a silent auction. The results are phenomenal, said fundraiser organizer Nancy Moon. The Silent Auction and Spaghetti Dinner will be this Saturday, Aug. 17. The Spaghetti dinner, silent auction and live poster auction will begin at 5 p.m. and the movie, Turbo, a kid flick, will show at 7 p.m.
Movie and dinner tickets are $20; dinner only is $15 and the movie only is $6. Kids: both are $12. Dinner only is $10. Movie alone is $3.
If you can’t attend this fundraiser, Evans said, there are several ways to contribute to the Backdoor Theatre Turbo Fundraising event. Each Friday and Saturday night first run movies are shown at very affordable prices, $6 adults, $3 kids 12 & under, large popcorn $3, with a free raffle before every showing.
Ching said, ” The small town ambiance is palatable. Twice over the years I’ve attended the movie, a projector bulb burned out during a film. Rather than getting all upset, the audience took turns standing up and telling each other jokes while the projectionist looked for a replacement. Even the littlest kids told knock-knock jokes! However, the conversion to digital format, as new analog films are increasingly difficult to procure, has endangered small community theaters.”
Even if you can’t attend please consider making a tax-deductible cash contribution or a silent auction donation, preferably something new or a service. Please e-mail janette.taylor@forethought.net.
The next time you are in Mutual of Omaha bank, let the teller know you would like to make a deposit to the Backdoor Theatre fund, and they will put your contribution in the account, or bring it next time you come to the movies and put in into the jar at the box office, or mail a check made out to The Backdoor Theatre to Janette Taylor, PO Box 3198, Nederland, CO 80466
Evans suggests that if every adult donated $10, the remaining balance will be reached easily. It is like magic, turning $10,000 into $40,000 and no more debt. The fundraiser is a double pronged effort said Taylor, who calls it the Chew and View. “Think of it as giving the money you save by not having to go to Boulder. You are not spending money, you are facilitating me to help you save your money.”
Perhaps the most extravagant silent auction to date comes from Deb Smiley, who is offering up her handsome, healthy Trickster and Zebulon, intact male alpacas who are kind and sweet and wanting to create their own herd. The alpacas now live at the Double B Alpaca Ranch and the owner is downsizing. Smiley said she no longer has the time to spend with her animals, “and they need to be out in the world producing as breeders.”
Trickster, 7, is a white Huacaya with good confirmation and good fleece, a fine breeding male, from Marcello Games’s ranch in Gilpin County. Zubulon, 8, is a gentle companion animal who was born with crooked legs. He would make a great 4H project.
The alpacas produce ‘awesome’ fleece for knitting and are easier to take care of than horses and take up less space. They also eat less and make less of an impact on the land. Smiley said alpacas are like cats: affectionate on their own terms. The minimum auction bid for Trickster will be $1,000 and for Zebulon $500.
Nancy Moon, auction item organizer, said amazing items are pouring in. People are ready and willing to help their theater thrive. Donators can drop their treasures off at the downstairs door of the Nederland Community Center, and they are asked to leave a written record of what they brought, how much their donation is worth and their contact information.
Locals can help by asking businesses to donate goods, services and meals to the silent auction and to volunteer their services for the Turbo-charged fundraiser. It is looking to be a major community event that has one common goal: that of helping Nederland’s local theater thrive and grow.

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