Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca’s State Theatre is 70 percent toward its fundraising goal for 2014/2015 ahead of its “Benefit My State” concert on Saturday.


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“This Saturday’s ‘Benefit My State’ concert is a fun opportunity for the community to experience an exciting night of entertainment while supporting and celebrating The State,” says Doug Levine, the theater’s executive director, in an email.

“We are really looking forward to hosting three excellent bands, who are also generously donating their time, energy and talent to our cause. The funds we raise through this event will help us reach our goals which will help ensure a healthy future for The State, keeping us at the center of the community’s performing arts scene.”

As previously reported by the Ithaca Voice:

Local favorites The Sim Redmond Band, The Blind Spots and The New York Rock will play at the annual “Benefit My State – A Local State of Mind” concert, which also features a raffle contest and a silent auction.

Adds Levine in a statement:

“Everyone knows that The State is a large, multi-faceted historic theatre, but many people are not aware that we are also a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Like most historic theatres, ticket sales alone do not fully cover operating costs. We must find ways to meet our annual needs beyond the support we receive from foundations, corporations and individual donors.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.