Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 23, 2013

Renaissance Theater fund drive meets $10K goal

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Neither wind, nor rain, nor heat of night could prevent Greg Puckett from eclipsing the 24-hour mark on his efforts to sit in a bucket truck long enough to raise $10,000 for restoration work at the Renaissance Theater on Mercer Street in Princeton.

It truly was “heat of night,” as Puckett enjoyed 60-degree temperatures through the night, along with the warmth he received from people who contributed to the fund raising effort. At approximately 4 p.m. the fund raising goal hit $10,000, with Puckett pledging to remain in the bucket until 7 p.m., and likely exceed his goal.

“This has been an amazing experience,” Puckett said from his perch in front of the old Royal/Lavon Theatre marquee — a marquee that now advertises the activities at the Renaissance Theater. “Some have come here and have donated a dollar or two, and others have given as much as $100, and some have donated the change they found in their vehicles. It has really been a humbling experience.”

Puckett, the executive director of Community Connec-tions, said that donors had contributed $5,000 by the end of the day on Saturday night, and the donations continued to flow in all day on Sunday.

“The coolest part has been the people,” Puckett said. “They seem to really appreciate what we are doing here at the theater.” He excused himself long enough to accept a $50 contribution from a gentleman. “We’re close,” he called back to the contributor.

Puckett decided to stay in the bucket until 7 p.m. to give people an opportunity to greet him when he arrived back down on terra firma.

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