Realtor donates $2,500 to Vernon's Towne Theatre, challenges others

Towne Theatre challenge

Vernon realtor Steve Onsorge of Century 21 is challenging other real estate agents to support the city's historic Towne Theatre.

Hit hard by closure forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Onsorge donated $2,500 to the Save Our Towne project.

“This is an easy project to get behind, and I challenge my real estate colleagues to join in,” said Onsorge.

The Okanagan Screen Arts Society is raising money for future operation and renovation of the downtown theatre.

“I want to thank Steve Onsorge for supporting the Save Our Towne project as well as the community for the overwhelming support we’ve received,” said volunteer Judy Korol.

Combining GoFundMe donations with community contributions, the Save Our Towne website says the society has collected a total of $73,960.

“As supporters of the Greater Vernon community, we need to value the legacy of the Towne Theatre as a local entertainment institution,” said Onsorge.

With matching federal grants, the society hopes to double the donations.

Tthe theatre opened in 1929 in Vernon's downtown core.

The previous operator of the theatre retired after being in the movie business for decades, and handed the keys to the non-profit Okanagan Screen Arts Society.

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