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Posted: November 15, 2019

EKC helps Community Theatre Legacy Fund reach goal

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) donated $500 to support the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR), Cranbrook Community Theatre (CCT) Legacy Fund, in honour of Jean-Ann Debreceni.

Debreceni was instrumental in supporting CCT Legacy Fund. Her goal is to sustain and enhance community theatre. Cranbrook Community Theatre’s home is the Studio/Stage Door heritage building on 11th Avenue. Her passion extends past participating in fundraising initiatives for theatre to building preservation, painting and gardening!

A CCT production, The Fighting Days by Canadian Playwright Wendy Lill, directed by Melodie Hull, and produced by Gordon Sheridan is proudly supported by Debreceni. It will run February 2020.

“Debreceni is a dedicated volunteer who continually puts her community first,” stated Mindy Atti, EKC Cranbrook Branch Manager. Further, “EKC is fortunate to have members of our Board of Directors, like Jean-Ann, who have an unequivocal passion for the needs of EKC’s members and their communities.”

In addition to her many volunteer roles at Cranbrook Community Theatre (CCT), including expert costume designer and concession host, Debreceni has dedicated 24 years of service to the EKC Board. She has held several leadership roles including Chair of the Board and Chair of every Board committee.

Other volunteer contributions include Fort Steele Heritage Town, Cranbrook Garden Club and the Cranbrook Archives, Museum & Landmark Foundation.

EKC urges other members of our community to help the CCT Legacy Fund reach is funding goal of $10,000 by the end of 2019. Once the fund reaches $10,000, it will become permanently invested with the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR).

If interested, online donations can be made at this link.

Visit here for information about other donation options.

The interest from the permanently invested capital will fund a grant to the Cranbrook Community Theatre every year, forever, to support the CCT’s live performances, their rental space for community groups, and their on-going stewardship of one of Cranbrook’s few remaining heritage buildings.

Lead image: L-R Michele Bates, CFKR Board President, Carol Hatala, CFKR Board Vice-President, Maureen Frank, CCT Executive Assistant/Office Manager, Sheila Schell, CCT Vice President, Mindy Atti, EKC Cranbrook Branch Manager and Jean-Ann Debreceni EKC Board Chair. Photo submitted



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