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Help Fund Seats! SOLD OUT!

the amazing response to the seat campaign has all seats sold! THANK YOU! We still have pavers available, and you can still donate via the Gofundme link, but no more seats.

The Gem is preparing to install historic seats in the theatre this fall.  We are looking for sponsors for the 120 seats on the main floor, at $75 per seat.  We will install a plaque on the back of the seat with your name or a name of your choosing.  The donation can be made through the existing GoFundMe campaign, if the donation is made this way please go to "NOTE OF SUPPORT" and tell us there what you want your seat plaque to read or if sponsoring more than one how the plaques should read.

Seat sponsor payments may also be sent by check payable to Athena's Gem, P.O. Box 85, Athena OR 97813.  Include a note with the name for the seat plaque.

This campaign will remain in effect until October 1, 2023 unless all 120 seats are sponsored before that time.  We intend to have the Gem seats installed in time for the 2023 holiday season.

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Fund Raising Update

The results of the recent drive to match an anonymous $50K pledge are as follows:  The Valley Giving Guide portion of the drive garnered $115,867 including the $50K pledge.  Additional funds raised through the Gem website, including the Hodaka coin drive bring the grand total of every donation to just under $136K.

THANK YOU to all donors.  These resources will be invested in the project and the local economy over the next few months.
PAVER PRICE CHANGE.  Due to the dramatic rise in the cost of shipping materials and the cost of labor, the cost of paver sponsorship will increase by $10 to $135.00 effective immediately.  We are sorry to impose this additional cost.

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Coin production delayed until Mid-February

Hodaka silver coin update.

As of today, the Regency Mint custom production line is still shut down by a Covid outbreak. The office has reopened, they expect to start running product on a limited basis at the beginning of next week. They have given us an order shipping date of February 9.

If that holds, we will begin shipping them out to individuals the week following. Thank you for your patience!

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Gem receives Oregon Cultural Trust Grant

October 11.  Athena’s Gem will receive an Oregon Cultural Trust FY2022 grant in the amount of $18,341 that will be used to further the installation of our eighteen rank, 1921 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ.  The organ will be the only public installation in Oregon east of the Cascades and is a longstanding project collaboration between Athena’s Gem and the students of Weston McEwen High School.

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