"CHRISTMAS CAROL" COMPANY AND AUDIENCES RAISE $90K FOR N STREET VILLAGE DURING PERFORMANCES

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org

COMPANY OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL
COLLECTS MORE THAN $90,000 FOR N STREET VILLAGE
DURING PERFORMANCES AT FORD’S THEATRE

Including this year’s campaign, A Christmas Carol audiences and company have raised more than $500,000 dollars
for D.C.-area charities

Washington, D.C. — Ford’s Theatre Society announced that a donation drive during performances of A Christmas Carol has raised $90,000 for N Street Village, the most money raised for a local charity since Ford’s Theatre began its holiday campaign seven years ago. Over the past seven years, the company of A Christmas Carol has raised $551,500 for Washington charities.

Donations were collected November 19-December 27, 2015. In addition to a collection at each curtain call, patrons were encouraged to make donations through the Ford’s Theatre Box Office, and members of the Christmas Carol company and Ford’s Theatre Society staff contributed to the campaign.

Since 2009, A Christmas Carol audiences, cast, crew and staff have partnered with Bread for the City, Covenant House Washington, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Thrive DC to collect funds in the spirit of giving and charity expressed in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

“It is both overwhelming and gratifying to know that with this year’s charity drive donations, the company of A Christmas Carol and D.C. audiences have together raised more than half-a-million dollars for those in D.C. who need support the most,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault. “This year’s extraordinary expression of goodwill will help N Street Village make a true difference in the lives of thousands.”

“As the temperatures drop, the need for N Street Village—D.C.'s largest provider of housing and critical support services for homeless and low-income women—remains more essential than ever,” said N Street Village’s Executive Director Schroeder Stribling. “We are profoundly grateful to the patrons, cast and staff of Ford’s Theatre for standing with the women of N Street Village this holiday season.”

About N Street Village
Founded in 1973, N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women and families in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and addiction recovery. For more information, visit www.nstreetvillage.org.

Ford’s Theatre Society
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary Sacrifices, The Widow Lincoln and The Guard, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit www.fords.org.

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