Vermont Business Magazine The Paramount Theatre, temporarily closed because of COVID-19, announced today a collaboration with Rutland Regional Medical Center, Vermont’s largest community hospital, that honors the brave men and women on the frontline of the pandemic.
The newly created Standing Ovation Fund – Applauding Frontline Workers will make available to essential employees free tickets to upcoming shows as soon as the historic theatre re-opens its doors to audiences.
“Once again, Rutland Regional continues to lead by example for our community and we are proud to align with them on this important initiative. Those on the frontlines of this pandemic have met these unparalleled times head-on and we want to salute their brave efforts by welcoming them into our hall for a night of entertainment on us when it is safe again to do so,” said Eric Mallette, The Paramount’s Programming Director.
Powered by ticket-holders to events recently cancelled due to the pandemic, The Paramount has pledged a donation of one ticket to the fund for every order that is converted to a gift certificate (as opposed to a cash refund) at the direction of the ticket-holder. This not only guarantees the original ticket-holder a memory making experience at The Paramount at a future date (as gift certificates never expire), but makes available to frontline workers an opportunity to enjoy a night at the theatre at no cost to them. Additionally, the original ticket holder will receive an extra 20% credit applied to their gift certificate (ticket value before taxes and fees, if applicable) as a thank you for supporting The Standing Ovation Fund.
If a ticket-holder to a cancelled event chooses instead to generously donate the full value of their purchase to the theatre in support of its mission to celebrate community and creativity, The Paramount will double down on its pledge to the fund.
Rutland Regional Medical Center President and CEO, Claudio Fort, stated, “At Rutland Regional, we are working hard to keep our community strong and healthy. The generosity the hospital has received in response to this unprecedented crisis has been overwhelming. We are truly grateful to The Paramount Theatre for all that it brings to our community, and sincerely honored by this very thoughtful celebration of our dedicated frontline workers.”
Mallette commented, “The determination of these essential workers to help our community stay ahead of this pandemic is inspiring – we applaud them and look forward to greeting them in our lobby before a show with a socially distant air high-five and a ‘job well done.’”
“Special thanks to The Paramount and our local community for your ongoing encouragement and support. Together, we will get through these challenging times”, Fort added.
Ticket-holders for cancelled events will be contacted directly with more details on how to participate. To date, shows cancelled include Randy Houser, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, The Righteous Brothers and Troubadours.
The Paramount, now in its 20th season of presenting world-class live entertainment as well as internationally celebrated live-streams, will continue to heed the advice of state government and will re-open when told it is safe to do so.
More information can be found at www.ParamountVT.org.
Source: Rutland, VT - The Paramount Theatre