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Geva postpones major fundraiser in light of recent efforts to fight racism

Jun 3, 2020

Geva Theatre Center has decided to postpone its major fundraiser, its ‘Curtain Call Virtual Gala,’ because of what the organization calls the serious nature of events unfolding around the country. The organization says that while the theater may be facing challenges, "there are other needs to be attended to in the face of multiple national crises."

A statement from Geva released this week said that:

“As an arts organization, dedicated to telling the stories that reflect, challenge and celebrate life, we will not stay silent in the face of racism and violence committed against, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ members of our community and our country.

Our hearts are with all those here in Rochester and across the nation who are suffering in this tragic time. We stand in solidarity with anyone committed to fighting racism, oppression, bigotry and inequity, and we commit to being a partner in this fight.”

Geva had to cancel live performances in mid-March due to the coronavirus shutdown across New York state.

Geva intends to hold the Virtual Gala at a later date. The Curtain Call Online Auction, which has already been running for several weeks, will be paused but will not be closed.

Geva will continue to look at possible alternative plans for the gala.