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