Amphitheater Fundraiser

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Five local community groups hosted a dinner and auction Oct. 26 that raised more than $12,000 for the community amphitheater project. The dinner was hosted by St. Maries Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, St. Maries Community Band and Music Boosters and the St. Maries Art Council. Although organizers fell about $8,000 shy of their fundraising goals, they were pleased with the contributions made by the estimated 100 people who attended the benefit.

Wayne Foxworth and Mike Stroh chat at the fundraiser for the community amphitheater. The event netted more than $12,000 for the project.

Wayne Foxworth and Mike Stroh chat at the fundraiser for the community amphitheater. The event netted more than $12,000 for the project.

“We had a tremendous auction; everybody who showed up came because they wanted to support it,” Chris Renaldo, steering committee leader, said. “We are very, very thankful for the donations that were made.”

Mr. Renaldo said groundbreaking is planned for later this year, and the group continues to solicit donations through a letter writing campaign and that personal donations are tax-deductible and always welcome. Those can be made directly to the city of St. Maries into the dedicated amphitheater account at City Hall, 602 College Ave.

The amphitheater will be a site for events of all kinds, including outdoor concerts, plays and car shows. It will be built on the concrete slab adjacent to the baseball field and will have log columns and trusses and a cedar interior.

Donors include St. Maries Rotary Club, Potlatch Corp., Paul Bunyan Days Committee, Stimson Lumber, St. Maries Centennial Committee, St. Maries Timber Funds, St. Maries Music Dept., PEO, Eagles, Avista, Inland Forest Management, St. Maries Chamber of Commerce, Sexton Road Contractors, Denise Best, Lawrence Hurley, Lois Tuel, Randy Farrell, William Grendzinski, Priscilla Derry, James Nichols, Jeanne Robinson, Rick and Karen Thurston, Breezy Fraizer and Bob Stowell.

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