Grant handed out

Midway & Beyond Theatre and local residents who enjoy community theatre will benefit from the continued support from Heritage Credit Union.

Heritage Credit Union Director Darla Ashton is seen here presenting a cheque for $4

The Heritage Credit Union has given the Midway and Beyond Theatre a second installment of $4,700 on a three-year grant program that is allowing the theatre to purchase a portable stage outfit.

John Hibberson, representing the Midway Community Association (sponsor of Midway and Beyond Little Theatre), accepted a cheque for $4,700 from Heritage Credit Union Director Darla Ashton last month at the West Boundary Branch in Greenwood.

The cheque is the second of three annual installments toward the purchase of a portable stage system for the theatre that will be located in the Midway Community Hall. “Because it is a lot of money, we are doing it over three years,” Hibberson explained.

This year’s cheque will purchase a second set of four pieces to add to what was bought in 2013. Next year they will buy the last four sections and a ramp.”

The stage can easily be moved out of the way when the hall is not being actively used in a theatre production. The units are portable and can be easily taken down and stored on two rolling carts.

Ashton explained that Heritage Credit Union (HCU) assists the communities it serves through their Community Investment Policy. “The policy helps to ensure that the communities prosper, businesses and non-profit organizations thrive, and credit union members find that special place where their dreams can grow.”

“Part of the credit union philosophy is giving back to the communities and the membership that they serve,” Ashton added.

Hibberson said the four new sections would arrive prior to the production of their second show—Nana’s Naughty Knickers—that opens for a run of four shows beginning on April 23. “The

HCU more than does its bit to support the communities it serves,” wrote Hibberson in a letter of thanks to the credit union.