EATON — The Star Theatre, a 501(c)3 has received a $10,000 grant from Bullen Ultrasonics Inc. Bullen is known for its support of the community, and its generous understanding of the value of community involvement for sustainability and growth.
The Star Theatre non-profit was founded by Lisa Marling, and incorporated by Lisa and her husband, Scott Marling, who were quickly joined by Starla Wing, December Harper, Elaine Buckler, and Chris Waxler, as Board members. On August, 16th the theatre opened with a ribbon-cutting, and a proclamation from Mayor Gary Wagner who declared the day, “Star Theatre Day!”
Tim Beatty, CEO of Bullen Ultrasonics shares, “Bullen Ultrasonics remains committed to supporting the community of Preble County and we see our support of The Star Theatre as a way to positively impact the residents in our community.”
Marling says the theatre is continuing to grow. Its first production, “Our Town,” was a wonderful success. “We cannot, as a community, forget the importance of the Arts. We now have the Star Theatre, The Preble County Arts Association, and Taffy’s, as various Arts venues, and all right in downtown Eaton,” she shares, but we must not forget that all of Preble County has truly creative people involved in small and large ways. In June, we will be assisting Lewisburg, Ohio by directing a live Radio Broadcast from the WWII era as they celebrate the 75th Anniversary of WWII.”
Beatty believes that supporting the arts in our community is a way to positively impact the community as a whole. “We believe that the presence of art in a community is a foundation that helps foster creative exploration, teamwork, and deliberate practice. All of these aspects have a profound impact on businesses and a community at large. We are proud to be partners with The Star Theater and to help provide this wonderful resource to Preble County.”
Marling is hopeful that Bullen Ultrasonics donation will open the door for other businesses to also support the theatre. “We have an exciting 2020 and 2021 season coming to the theatre. We will also be introducing concerts, film, and classes to our schedules. Bullen Ultrasonics has helped to make that growth possible.”