The Palace Theater is pleased to announce that Thomaston Savings Bank has donated $500 to benefit the not-for-profit performing arts center’s Ticket and Travel Subsidy Fund.

   The Ticket and Travel Subsidy Fund is a program designed to provide financial assistance to Title One Schools and not-for-profit organizations, whose students otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend live theater performances. Schools applying to receive these funds are selected on a legitimate need basis and can receive up to a 100% reduction in ticket prices to presentations featured in the Palace’s Education Series.

   As a result of the Thomaston Savings Bank donation, 63 undeserved students from the Greater Waterbury area will be given the chance to experience the cultural, artistic and academic benefits of a live theater performance during the Palace’s 2011-2012 season.

   Endorsed by the Connecticut Association of Schools and sponsored in part by Big Y World Class Market, the Palace Education Series invites students to reflect on their academic lessons in a venue that encourages thought and imagination. All presentations and programs are selected for students, Grades K-9, and include in and after-school smART initiatives, designed to enhance the theater experience while addressing state curriculum standards. The remaining shows in the theater’s 2012 Education Series include Black Violin on February 2, ImaginOcean on March 6, and Mr. Molecule’s Science Show on May 9.

   The Palace Theater Ticket and Travel Subsidy Fund has had several contributors over the past fiscal year, both corporate and individual, as well as public and anonymous. Last year alone, the Fund provided approximately 1,339 subsidized tickets for undeserved students throughout the state.

   Any businesses or individual parties interested in running their own Ticket and Travel fundraiser, or those who wish to donate to the fund, are encouraged to contact Development Officer Natalie Lawlor at 203-346-2009.