With an increase in matches from two organizations, the Callaway Arts Council hopes to raise upwards of $45,000 to get its downtown theatre restoration project off the ground.
Previous donors, pledges and people who have shown interest in the project can expect a call or visit in the coming weeks from the "Friends of the Fulton Theatre," a group of volunteers looking to help revive interest in the project and take advantage of several two-to-one matching grants.
The Fulton Heritage Trust pledged to match up to $5,000 for $10,000 raised for the theater. Soon after, equal pledges came from Backer's Potato Chips and an anonymous donor. If the Callaway Arts Council can raise $30,000, they will receive $15,000 from their respective donors.
"For our kickoff Monday, we're up to $15,000 in our challenge," McDaniel said. "We have a list of volunteers making personal contact with anyone who's ever participated or shown interest in the theatre."