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"Places, please" The Campaign for Performing Arts Lodge Stratford

After a career of creativity and applause, the world of a senior artist can become suddenly still, deafeningly silent, and depressingly lonely. Staying engaged and connected with like-minded individuals who share their stories can provide a feeling of continued value and enjoyment.

Over the past sixty years, the long term success of the Stratford Festival has nurtured several generations of artists, a good number of whom, because of recurring seasonal employment, have put down roots here and wish to continue living in Stratford. Outside of the Festival, there are many artists and artisans who have also chosen to make their home in Stratford.

PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) Stratford grew from a 1998 conversation between Herbert Whittaker, Critic Emeritus for The Globe and Mail and Tom Patterson, founder of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Long on the waiting list to live in the PAL Toronto residence, Herbert suggested to Tom the need for PAL Stratford. Tom got the project underway. In 2002 the organization was incorporated and in 2006 received charitable status. Today it is one of seven chapters of the national organization, PAL Canada.

In February 2012, PAL Stratford purchased 101 Brunswick Street in central Stratford. Our heritage home is now being transformed into five units of affordable housing. This major development will advance the primary objective of PAL Stratford: the provision of affordable housing to members of Stratford’s arts community who are in need of assistance because of low income, age or disability.

This important community project is well underway. When completed, our property will add to the limited stock of affordable housing in the City of Stratford. Those eligible to apply for residency at PAL Stratford must meet criteria as prescribed by the Province of Ontario.

The purchase and renovation of the building requires $1,150,000. The project will receive $750,000 from the City of Stratford. PAL must raise the remaining $400,000. Our capital campaign, “Places, please,” has been launched to achieve this objective.

So ladies and gentlemen....

“Places, please”

Step centre stage and help make PAL Stratford the successful long running show it should be by contributing generously to our capital campaign.

We need your help to raise $400,000.

“Places, please” PAL Stratford’s Capital Campaign, was launched in June 2012 and invites you to partner with us and to help us reach our goal. Construction and renovations are scheduled to be completed in late fall with occupancy early in the fall.

As part of a caring community, PAL Stratford needs your help to provide affordable housing, support and dignity to people who have enriched our lives.

We invite you to meet with a board member and visit our amazing property.

Please contact the Campaign Coordinator, John David Sterne or phone him at 519-272-5804.

Ways to be a Partner:

PAL Stratford is a registered charitable organization and all donations to the campaign will receive the appropriate recognition and a receipt for income tax purposes.

Donations can be made in many ways:

  • Gifts of money
  • Gifts of stocks or listed securities
  • Pledges over a period of three years
  • Legacy gifts in memory or honour of a loved one

Take your own curtain call by playing a key role in our 'Places, please' Campaign.

Please contribute to PAL Stratford. With the successful completion of this project our affordable housing residence in Stratford will bear remarkable witness to our community’s awareness of the crucial role the arts play in our lives, and demonstrate significantly our compassion and care for one another.


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