Consumers Energy Foundation Announces $125,000 Grant To State Theatre To Celebrate Company's 125th Anniversary
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today that it has awarded a $125,000 grant to support the restoration of the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.
The grant was presented to the Traverse City Film Festival, led by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, during a ceremony at the theater.
"When I first moved to Traverse City, I felt bad every time I drove by the shuttered and closed theater," said Moore. "Now, thanks to Consumers Energy and an extraordinary community of volunteers, the theater is a vibrant community center that is better than new, and ready to stand another 100 years, a place where future generations can come and enjoy the magic of the movies, together."
The Traverse City grant is part of $1.25 million in matching grants offered to 10 community projects throughout Michigan as part of Consumers Energy's 125th anniversary celebration. It was used to renovate the exterior of the theater, including replacing all of the red panels and stainless steel columns originally installed after a 1948 fire destroyed the theater.
David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation, applauded Moore and the Film Festival for restoring the theater, which has led to a resurgence of the downtown area.
"This great theater has been a catalyst for attracting new businesses and restaurants to the downtown area," Mengebier said. "Consumers Energy has been honored to help preserve historic buildings like the State Theatre during our 125-year record of service to the people of Michigan."