Schenectady, N.Y. - When acclaimed musical MEMPHIS opens at Proctors arts and entertainment complex on Tuesday, April 17, this winner of four Tony Awards - including Best Musical - will bring smiles and delight far beyond Proctors Mainstage, where it will play until April 22, 2012. By special arrangement among Proctors and the entities that comprise and support the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund at the Community Foundation and SALT, the organization formed to provide coordination of services, disaster assistance, and long term planning to the Schoharie and Greene County region devastated by a hurricane and tropical storm, a portion of sale of every ticket to MEMPHIS will be donated support residents of Schoharie County. The Community Foundation monitors all funds contributed to the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund and ensures that they are spent for local efforts. To assist the SCHOHARIE AREA DISASTER RELIEF effort, $5 of every full-priced ticket purchased to the Tuesday, April 17 - Thursday, April 19 performances of MEMPHIS at Proctors will be donated to the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund. * Donation applies only to tickets purchased between April 10, 2012 and April 19, 2012. Tickets to MEMPHIS are $20, $35, $45, $50, $60 & $70/subject to change and are available at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org. "Proctors is pleased to be able to provide additional support to those organizations that have stepped up and coalesced around the tremendous need in our surrounding communities," said CEO Philip Morris. "Many friends and patrons of our theatre have been personally challenged by the devastation of last year's hurricane and flooding," Morris added. "We are pleased to work with the folks behind MEMPHIS to make this offer possible." Speaking on behalf of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, President and CEO Karen Bilowith praised the effort: "The Foundation is pleased to partner with Proctors in this effort and to process all contributions through the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund." Bilowith says that this united effort will impact the entire county - not just specific towns. The Community Foundation has been working with several other local funders to provide financial and leadership support to assist with flood recovery efforts in Schoharie County through the formation of the Schoharie Area Disaster Relief Fund. The fund has attracted support from the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Community Foundation, United Way, Keybank, GE and many individual donors. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $125,000. SALT is requesting funds for general operating costs of the Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery Efforts . SALT was founded in 2011 to provide coordination of services, disaster assistance, and long term planning to the Schoharie and Greene County region devastated by a hurricane and tropical storm. Schoharie County, in particular, sustained the most damage from these storms in New York State. The organization has the goal of addressing the unmet needs of the community for long-term disaster recovery. There are no local groups or organizations that are providing coordinated services for disaster recovery throughout the region. SALT is the only long-term disaster recovery group planning to coordinate area wide relief. The goals will be met through a number of service provisions or coordination of activities and assistance. SALT serves Schoharie County, and parts of Greene County, for the purposes of its service area. The "Schoharie Area" defined is the extended Schoharie Creek Basin and surrounding areas. The disaster affected areas along the Schoharie Creek basin run from Northern Greene County, 40 miles north through southern and into northern Schoharie County. This rural mountainous area includes many small villages including Prattsville, Gilboa, Blenheim, Breakabean, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Central Bridge, and Esperance, as well as, all the hamlets and settlements in between. Tropical Storm Lee also affected other parts of the area that had not been impacted by Irene such as Cobleskill, Sharon Springs, Carlisle, Warnerville and Sloansville. SALT's three-pronged mission is far-reaching:
- To help stabilize and rebuild the commerce, business and farm communities impacted by the disaster. Working and partnering with local governments and organizations, SALT will focus upon business and commerce in its need to rebuild after the losses suffered by farmers and small businesses. Farms and businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They provide employment and a strong workforce, commodities, merchandise, sustenance for households and a foundation for the community to rebuild. It is essential that the commerce and business community be reestablished and reconstructed for the well-being and economic health of the region.
- To empower and advocate for individuals and families to recover from the disaster by providing the opportunities and tools to participate and contribute to their own personal recovery effort. Recovery is not just about restoration of infrastructure and services, which of course are critical, it is about helping individuals and families recover from their losses. This includes empowering individuals to rebuild, sustain their own environments and revitalization of their physical, emotional, social, economic security and health. Eventually this will permit participants to thrive once again in their own personal situations. This assistance from SALT is presented through compassionate partnerships which encourage and support meaningful participation for disaster survivors in their own recovery.
- To provide a coordinated and comprehensive response to the region while maintaining a unified agreement as to which direction SALT, and/or, the region will undertake as the relief efforts and rebuilding moves forward. The unity of SALT is an essential part of the reconstruction of the region. Inclusiveness is vital for ensuring that all voices are heard from all members involved in SALT. Membership is comprised of all community organizations, faith based communities, government partners, businesses, farms, and interested private parties in the region. Clear and concise communication is key to these unifying efforts. Communication will be frequent, provide critical information, respond to the community in terms of cultural, educational and training needs and will communicate realistic goals and expectations for the recovery effort.