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Batesville Community Theatre receives $25,000 pledge for building campaign from First Community

Pictured: Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank; Brandt McDonald, AVP teller operations assistant at First Community Bank and BCT board member; Tommie McDonald, BCT board vice president; Colyn Bowman, BCT board president; and Angie Weaver, BCT board member.

First Community Bank has pledged $25,000 to the Batesville Community Theatre (BCT) for their building revitalization capital campaign, the bank said in a press release today.

This donation will help the BCT achieve its plan to revitalize a building to house a theatre and workspace on Main Street.

The Batesville Community Theatre is one of the oldest, continually active, community theatres in the state. Since 1974, they have operated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

“First Community Bank is pleased to support the expansion of the Batesville Community Theatre,” said Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank. “The theatre serves as a contributor to the quality of life in our community, and we want to support their efforts. The group will be acquiring and renovating the former Van Atkins building in Town Plaza Shopping Center to create a performance venue, which will be a significant community development opportunity for Batesville.”

“We can’t wait for this performing arts center to be opened so we can host theatre productions, dinner performances, music events, after school programs and workshops,” said BCT board vice president, Tommie McDonald. “The Batesville Community Theatre has impacted many people in the last 49 years. We continue to be a bright spark that ignites the passion of many to become active performers, educators, and writers in music and theatre.”

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