Advocates donate another $100K to help restore Augusta’s Colonial Theater

 Tobias and Soo Parkhurst, whose family is the driving force behind efforts to raise $8 million or so to save and restore the Colonial Theater in downtown Augusta are donating $100,000 to the theater. The siblings are seen here Monday in the theater in Augusta.  Photo by Andy Molloy

Tobias and Soo Parkhurst, whose family is the driving force behind efforts to raise $8 million or so to save and restore the Colonial Theater in downtown Augusta are donating $100,000 to the theater. The siblings are seen here Monday in the theater in Augusta. Photo by Andy Molloy

A total of $1 million, of an $8 million goal, has been raised to fund the project.

AUGUSTA — The Colonial Theater has gotten another $100,000 boost from the Parkhurst family.

The glass company owned by members of a family, which has already donated $200,000 to efforts to save and restore the downtown Augusta theater has ponied up another $100,000 to try to accelerate the project, which so far hasn’t moved as fast as organizers would like.

Augusta-based Oakes and Parkhurst Glass, owned by brother and sister Tobias and Soo Parkhurst, made its second, $100,000 donation to the theater.

The donation brings the total funds either donated or committed to the restoration, expected to cost about $8 million, to $1 million. That includes the now-$200,000 from Oakes and Parkhurst, and $100,000 from Richard Parkhurst who is the former owner of the business and father of Tobias and Soo.

Tobias Parkhurst, president of the theater’s board of directors, said much has been accomplished at the downtown venue, but the project and fundraising isn’t happening as fast as they’d like.

He said a priority is to hire an executive director, ideally by the end of the year, to accelerate the pace of the project and fundraising for it.

Read full article by Keith Edwards on centralmaine.com.

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