GRAND THEATRE DOUGLAS RAFFLE UNDERWAY
(Douglas, AZ, May 9, 2008) DAHA, an all volunteer, non-profit group has taken on the ominous task of renovating the historic Grand Theatre in Douglas, Arizona, The theatre's website is a windfall of historic information, photos, comments, and conversations regarding the rich tradition of this cultural jewel of southeast Arizona, plus offers a secure method of purchasing tickets for DAHA's biggest annual fundraising raffle.
This year's raffle, which is open to the public, will be held on the 4th of July in the theatre's lobby. The winner has a choice of either a Corvette Coup 2008, or His and Hers Harley bikes, or $40,000 cash. Tickets are $75 or 3 tickets for $200. Only 3,000 total tickets will be sold. The raffle offers entrants a series of early bird drawings with a $500 cash award or ten additional tickets for the grand drawing on July 4th
The yearly event is a major contribution to the federal matching funds grant received by the group in the past year and is promoted online plus in various national magazines, such as Corvette Fever, Hot Rod, Baggers, and Hot Bike.
Currently, scaffolding is visible on the giant marquis of the theatre. The lobby's sidewalk entrance has been sealed for repairs to the original ticket booth and doors. The Grand has two locations on either side, one was a barbershop, the other a candy store. The corner barbershop is fully restored and leased as a small office. The candy shop is being renovated and has a waiting list of hopeful tenants.
Once restored, the Grand Theatre will serve the city of Douglas and southeast Arizona as a community cultural venue for the arts, schools, and businesses.