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A Special Thanks to The Doctor Family Foundation

January 24, 2013
Don and Mary Doctor

Don and Mary Doctor

During the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta last weekend, organizers  dedicated a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” to Charlotte’s own Don and Mary Doctor, their son who is being deployed to Afghanistan and all of our soldiers.

The Doctors were unable to attend because of their son’s deployment.

Timothy McDonald, CEO and founder of iTheatrics, addressed the crowd saying, “The Doctor Family Foundation has funded probably more musical theater programs in schools than any other foundation in the world.”

Blumenthal recently celebrated four years of partnership with The Doctor Family Foundation.  The Doctor Family Foundation supports education programs with a Broadway emphasis.  Alarmed by the cuts in arts education across the country, the Doctors decided to help artistically talented and ambitious young people with limited resources achieve their dreams.

Since 2009, The Doctor Family Foundation has fully funded a regional Broadway Junior Theater Celebration held at the Blumenthal.  This year, with rising student and teacher participation, we’re expanding the program from a two-day to a three-day event.

They have also created the Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship to support talented students with college expenses.  This year, the scholarships were awarded during Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards to two talented students, each receiving a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship for up to four years of college.  The Doctor Family Foundation also provides support for The Blumey Awards.

Additionally, The Broadway Experience provided 12 industrious and economically challenged students from Charlotte area schools a trip of a lifetime thanks to a generous gift from The Doctor Family Foundation.  During the expenses-paid-trip, participating students saw three shows, experienced behind-the-scenes tours and education programs about the New York theater scene.

The Doctors truly are two remarkably giving, caring and loving people.  On behalf of the entire team at Blumenthal Performing Arts, THANK YOU Don and Mary Doctor.

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