Effort to help theater hurt, but not halted

Monday, June 4, 2007 | 12:31 a.m. CDT; updated 11:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts’ fundraising campaign, “Home is Where the Art Is,” came to an abrupt halt Wednesday with $14,184.99 raised and an executive director in a cast.

David White’s trek through Columbia neighborhoods to raise money for the Missouri Theatre renovation ended after he injured his leg in the line of duty, just one day shy of the 41-day goal for the campaign.

“He has suffered a stress fracture to his left tibia,” director of public relations Kanani May said. “So he is in a big boot cast right now.”

May said that the campaign, originally slated to last until May 31, has been extended to the end of July. Photo submissions for the “Where’s David?” program, in which people can have their pictures taken with White for a chance to win a lifetime pass to the Missouri Theatre, will be accepted through the end of July as well.

White plans to attend events throughout the summer, such as the Twilight Festival and the 2007 Hot Summer Nights Music Festival, to continue his fundraising efforts and promote the restoration of the theater.

“The campaign has shown that our community has a big heart for the arts and probably an even bigger (heart) for the theater in regard to memories and a desire to have it restored,” White said.

White visited roughly 12,000 homes during his 40 days of wandering through Columbia. According to his blog at, White’s goal was to walk 250 miles during the campaign. He fell short of the goal by 21 miles but hopes to make up the miles once his fracture has healed. For now, White will be doing office work while wearing his “moon boot,” an inflatable cast used to stablized the fracture.

Other fundraising events throughout the summer include the continuation of the “Take Your Seat” campaign, in which donors can sponsor a new seat in the renovated theater, and a sale at the end of August to auction off items removed from the theater during the renovation process.

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