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The Theatre Guild of Ancon Needs Donations

Theater & Fine ArtsThe Theater Guild of Ancon is trying to upgrade their lighting, and is asking for donations. These guys have been producing quality English language theater in Panama for more than 50 years, and they deserve your help. They are a certified, recognized and credible non-profit organization serving the English language community in Panama. Please do what you can to help, and read below for details. Founded in 1950, RUC 1211-3-C-004811, Box 3648 Balboa, R. P., Reservations 212-0060, E-mail:, Website:


March 23, 2005

Dear Theatre Guild Member / SUPPORTER

I appeal directly to you regarding our urgent need to replace and repair our stage lighting equipment, which is now over thirty (30) years old. We need to purchase lights, dimmers, and connectors. The cost of this equipment (estimated by several theatre lighting experts) is about US$9000 plus shipping, duty, and installation. Some of the equipment will be purchased locally.

We simply do not have reserves sufficient to tackle this expenditure, and, even in our heyday, the Panama Canal organization always assisted us with these major items.

We need this equipment to continue our long-standing tradition of community, all-volunteer theater. We currently have $1,800 pledged or already received toward our goal of $15,000 for this "Save the Lights Fund" and we hope you will contribute to this worthwhile effort with whatever donation you can afford. For those who donate $250.00 or more, your name or organization will be listed in future play programs and on our website as "Benefactor". Or, should you desire anonymity, we will respect that request.

As a non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible as follows :

R.U.C. 1211-3-C-04811 Deducible del Pago de Impuesto Sobre la Renta segun Resolución No. 201-456 de la D.G.I. de 11 de mayo de 1995.

Please make your check payable to "The Theatre Guild of Ancon" and advise by e-mail or phone directly to myself for pick-up or simply drop it in the mail to our address above. Should you have any questions concerning this request, or anything else regarding the Guild, please feel free to call anytime.

We are more than ever a community asset, especially now that the Panamanian educational system requires that English is taught in the schools. In addition, with the increasing influx of English-speaking international retirees arriving, we certainly want to forge ahead. Recently, the Guild was recognized by the Instituto Nacional de Arte y Cultura (INAC) for our meritorious work in the arts, so we know that the Guild continues to be a valued entity.

We need your help. Your generous donation will allow us to continue to develop the cultural heritage of the arts in Panama.


John Carlson, President, Tel: 211-0186 Cell: 674-2622, THE THEATRE GUILD OF ANCON, E-mail:

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