Helping local arts organizations and others recover from recent natural disasters

September 29, 2017 by JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS
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Hurricane Irma wreaked expensive damage to freeFall’s roof. Photo courtesy of freeFall Theatre.

It’s heartbreaking to think about all the devastation natural disasters have caused in the past month.

Hurricane Irma’s winds ripped off a large section of freeFall Theatre‘s roof, allowing rain to flood the theatre, lobby and concessions.

The flooding severely damaged both the interior structure of the theatre and equipment vital to our productions. While insurance will cover the water damage, they must  raise funds to replace the roof.

If you love the first-class productions produced by freeFall,  donate here. Donations will ensure jobs for the actors who have committed to our 2017/2018 season and support our partnering craftsmen, artisans, and suppliers. It will ensure White Fang’s London co-production draws international attention to St. Pete’s arts community.


When we Jobsite Theater assessed the damage from Irma and planned how they would be able to move forward, they tallied $10,000 in sales which they say they would not be able to make up during future runs. That early estimate proved to be true. “At the end of the run we missed our goal by $9,616 – not the best way to start the season,” Artistic Director David M. Jenkins posted on Facebook. It’s a daunting loss with their next show being The Threepenny Opera in the Jaeb, their most expensive production of the year, which we they are already heavily paying out on.

“If we can make up what we’re sure about losing with private donations by opening night of Threepenny, Oct. 20, we should be able to weather this production and keep us in enough cash to not interrupt our ability to produce The Tempest,” Jenkins says.

Donations made toward Irma recovery  will be specifically put toward the bottom line loss of The Flick and not enter Jobsite’s annual campaign general funds,

Click here to donate.

The American Red Cross (Irma and Harvey)

International (Irma) 

AmeriCares (Harvey, Irma, and Maria) 

Global Giving 

Save the Children (Harvey and Irma)  

Unicef (Harvey and Irma) 

World Vision (Harvey and Irma)      

Mexican Earthquake Relief:

        UNICEF Mexico  

         Red Cross Mexico

          Oxfam Mexico ·        

Save the Children Mexico

   Project Paz 

         Topos Mexico

         Global Giving  

         International Community Foundation 

         World Vision         

 Typhoon Doksuri Relief

        Habitat for Humanity Vietnam

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