Enola 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.



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