The Exeter Theater Company has just begun what may very well be the final attempt to save and restore the IOKA Theater. As you likely know, we opted not to exercise our option to purchase the IOKA from the Lewis Family for $600,000. A detailed summary of the reasons behind that decision can be found here.
We are now working to form a coalition of donors to step forward and demonstrate once and for all to the Lewis Family that the financial support is there to complete this project.
We need to know who you know. We want to speak to every potential major donor in the Seacoast and beyond. This is our last chance to save the IOKA before it becomes condos, retail, or offices.
If this effort proves unsuccessful by the end of June, we will begin returning your donations in July. We will remain faithful to our promise made years ago that if we cannot re-open the theater, we will return your money. For those who contributed to our Capital Campaign, or who gave permission for us to use their membership dollars in that campaign, we expect to return nearly all of your contribution.
Feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Project Manager Adam Roberts at email@example.com with any contacts or suggestions you may have. We started this crusade to save the IOKA together and with your help we can finish it successfully.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support us in this cause.
Chair, Exeter Theater Company Board of Directors