Columbia Theatre receives donation from Tangipahoa Tourism

Monday, February 24, 2014 Tangipahoa Tourism makes donation
by: Tonya Lowentritt

TANGIPAHOA TOURISM DONATES TO THE COLUMBIA THEATRE - The Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau recently donated $100,000 to the Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts for programming. This is the second sizable donation the theatre has received from the bureau. From left are C. Howard Nichols, Columbia Theatre board member; Carla Tate, director of the Tangipahoa CVB; CVB Chairman Buddy Pugh; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood; and Director of Individual, Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynn Horgan.

HAMMOND – Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts (CTPA) has received a $100,000 donation from the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.

One year ago, the bureau made another sizable donation to CTPA, and late in the fall of 2013, they made it clear they were pleased with the results of that investment in terms of programming innovations and CPTA's responsiveness to community interest, said Roy Blackwood, interim director of Columbia Theatre.

"Of course I am thrilled with their continuing support and their endorsement of the broadening of our services," said Blackwood. "While it is our concept to continue bringing the highest quality entertainment to the North Shore area, we are equally committed to artistic merit in widening our scope as we deliver Columbia's mission.

"The renewed commitment of Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau enables us to do just that, and we are extremely indebted to them. Without community partners such as this and others, we simply could not provide this area with high-quality entertainment needs."



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