Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 22, 2013

Puckett takes to a bucket to raise funding for Princeton Renaissance Theatre

ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A volunteer was hoisted high in the air Saturday in an effort to raise money for the Princeton Renaissance Theatre.

Greg Puckett, executive director of Community Connections rode up 25 feet in the air in a bucket truck at noon on Saturday and will not come down until $10,000 has been raised.

“About three weeks ago, I got stuck in this bucket truck when the hydraulics went out and I couldn’t get down. While I was up there people were driving by waving and screaming at me, so I got this idea to go up and stay up in the bucket until we raise $10,000,” Puckett said.

Puckett was equipped with a pillow, blankets, warm clothes and food.

The money will go toward keeping the lights on, a new heating unit, continued work on the theatre and hopefully gutting the inside of the theatre beginning in June, Puckett said.

“I know it is the holiday season and we believe this community is ripe for a project like this. Hopefully we will be able to raise enough to refurbish the theatre,” Puckett said.

People were  lined up at noon to make their donation to the project.

Puckett couldn’t give an exact estimate of how long he would have to stay up there but was hoping to be able to come down after 24 to 48 hours.

At 7 p.m. Saturday evening, Puckett reported being half way to the $10,000 goal.

If anyone would like to donate, please call 304-922-2551 or donate at princetonrenaissanceproject. org.