FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. (November 14, 2023) – “The good news is we all get to keep doing what we love to do,” said Flagler Playhouse President Jerri Berry as she announced the support of Flagler Schools to host several of the season’s shows. An educator by day, Bunnell Elementary School, where she teaches, will be the home for The Penguin Project, a troupe of performers near and dear to her heart.
“Once we are able to get in the building and salvage items, we will begin doing that. We know already that whatever insurance is going to pay is not going to be enough to cover the costs of rebuilding,” said Berry to a full house at Woody’s BBQ on Tuesday evening.
“We’re here tonight to one, thank you for your support. Just by being here, we’ve already had people we’ve already had people in the community reach out offering services. We will also obviously need financial support as well,” she continued.
“We will take any amount of donation you’re willing to offer.”
Berry encouraged those in the construction industry able to assist in the rebuild to reach out to 4C’s Trucking & Excavation owner Chelsea Herbert.
“She’s our go-to girl,” said Berry, with gratitude. “We look forward to sharing with you our progress that’s being made.”
Attendees from around the arts community made sure the Playhouse team felt supported as they begin the process of moving forward.
“The Flagler Playhouse is part of our family,” said Flagler County Education Foundation Executive Director Teresa Rizzo, unveiling a welcomed gift.
“A lot of our students perform there, including The Penguin Project which will be performing at our event on Friday night, and we are here to kick-off their fundraising with some special partners,” she said recognizing donors before presenting a check for $20,000.
“This is amazing. I really don’t know what else to say, thank you so much to everyone here tonight. This is huge,” said Berry. “This helps us start so many things already, just knowing we have the support of the community.”
The Flagler Playhouse was severely damaged by fire on October 29, 2023 and since then the community has rallied to help save the historic landmark in Bunnell.
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