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Updated: 09/20/2017 08:30:01AM

Hurricane-response workers offered a night out in Venice

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While Venice was spared the worst from Hurricane Irma, which impacted Sarasota County greatly with flooding, power outages and shortage of supplies, the Venice Institute for Performing Arts announces Thanks for Giving: Community Relief with The Broadway Boys. All first responders who were ready to risk their lives to ensure the safety of Southwest Florida’s residents, as well as all on-call workers with Florida Power & Light and Comcast will be entitled to two free tickets to the opening event for the season, The Broadway Boys, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. Additionally, all local businesses who have been helping to restore the community will be entitled to two free tickets for their efforts.

One of the main purposes behind the founding of VIPA is to create a profound and lasting effect on the local community, and to nurture Venice’s cultural and educational outreach. The institute stands with the City of Venice and the surrounding region in its efforts to heal and move forward after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. Using the power of the arts and arts education, in conjunction with some of New York City’s finest and most experienced Broadway performers, VIPA will not only give away tickets to those businesses and first responders who helped to aid our residents in a time of need, but to partner with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to start a fundraising campaign and donation-based drive for those who lost their homes and belongings during the storm. VIPA will collect nonperishable food, clothing and baby items to help support those whose lives were affected by the storm. Anyone who brings a donation to the box office will receive a 10 percent discount on their ticket. Items that are most helpful are:

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