Becker wins Arlee Sit-Off
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[July 16, 2014]
MASON CITY - Enola Becker of Mason City
proved she is the most skilled and aggressive sitter at the Arlee
Theater’s Save Our Seats musical chairs Sit-Off tournament held last
Saturday. Her victory was most fitting, as several years ago long
before the S.O.S. Campaign began, she recognized the need and
donated money toward new seats for the Arlee, becoming the Arlee’s
first seat sponsor.
Becker received a unique trophy for her efforts – a wood Arlee seat
armrest engraved for the occasion.
Maggie Zimmerman of Petersburg and Jeanne Wunderle of Mason City
won second and third places respectively. The Arlee thanks all who
came and participated in this spirited event.
The Arlee has begun its S.O.S. Campaign in order to improve seats
that have had only spotty repair in the past 78 years.
Except in the peanut gallery down front, seats will be spaced out
for more leg room. Fifty new rocker-back seats with cup-holders will
be installed in the back. They are wider and arms fold up for
additional comfort. The remaining 300 seats will be restored with
new cushions and upholstery to match the newly installed seats.
The Arlee is accepting donations toward this costly endeavor. The
Arlee Theater is registered as a non-profit corporation but gifts
are not tax-deductible.
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In keeping with the movie theme, the Arlee has four levels of
giving. Seat Patrons giving less than $150 will receive the
Arlee’s applause and a hearty thank you. A Seat Sponsor who
gives at least $150 will have his or her name or a loved one’s
placed on a memorial plaque. A Producer gives $750 and will
receive three retired seats if desired, and a Director giving
$1500 may have 5 retired seats including the end caps.
For more information, call 217-691-7229 or write the Arlee at
139 S. Main St., Mason City, IL.
[Text received; GAYE MAXSON, ARLEE