Second ‘Give Where You Live’ to support the arts

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JASPER — The second annual GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! day of giving campaign aimed at supporting arts’ and literacy initiatives will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, with activities planned for the entire day.

This year’s campaign will specifically benefit programming at the Jasper Public Library, stage equipment at the Jasper Arts Center, and ongoing facility and programming needs at the Astra Theatre.

“We were blown away at the outpouring of support for the inaugural GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! campaign in May of 2017,” said campaign committee chair Linda Kahle. “The success of that day was instrumental to the arts in our community, particularly as it relates to helping Next Act finish the renovation of the historic Astra Theatre. We are hopeful for another fantastic day of giving and support — whether you choose to participate in any one or more of the day’s activities, “Very Big Show (of Support)” at the Jasper Arts Center that evening, or simply make a donation on our web page, we are very much appreciative of your consideration — big or small.”

The inaugural GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! campaign in 2017 raised more than $70,000.

This year’s campaign will be another day filled with events, activities, and other opportunities in which the public can participate and, in turn, support the effort. Students are off school that day, so there is a concentrated effort and focus on children’s activities with special events at the Train Depot in the morning and the Astra Theatre in the afternoon. The day will conclude with a showcase of local talent of all ages with the “Very Big Show (of Support).”

Tax deductible donations may be given at any time prior to or on Oct. 26 at the GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! website, There are various giving levels, most of which are complimented by an entry into a raffle for a number of different incentives. 

New for this year’s event, is the Top Donor Business/Organization Contest. The business — whether through a corporate donation or through employees pooling money — that is the top dollar donor will receive a private movie screening at the Astra Theatre with pizza provided by Papa John’s. 

The day’s full schedule of activities are:

An email campaign beginning at 12:01 a.m. encouraging online gifts, as well as sharing the #gwyl2018 message across personal social media channels

5:15 a.m. Downtown Fitness, P90X, $5 fee per person, 10 percent of any shoe sale between 3 5 p.m. will be donated

5:50 a.m. B and B fitness, spin class, $5 fee for non-members donated

9 a.m. Firehorse Yoga, yoga class, $5 drop-in fee donated

All day Azura Café, enjoy a specialty drink created for gwyl2018

All day Brew, enjoy a specialty cocktail created for #gwyl2018

All day Mad Batter, $1 of every glazed cookie will be donated to the campaign

All day Denny’s, Wendy’s, and Grandy’s will donate a percentage of sales

All day Ohana’s will donate 10 percent of food sales

10 a.m. Story time and art activity based on the book, Dragons Love Tacos at the Train Depot (free, but donations appreciated)

11:40 Downtown Fitness, P90X, $5 drop-in fee donated

All day Finishing Touches, Whimsy, Chocolate Bliss, Jasper Gift Basket & Popcorn Company, Olinger Diamond Center, Studio H, Impulse, Merle Norman, Adventures in Recreation, a percentage of sales will be donated

All day Green Thumb will donate 10 percent of plant and giftware sales at the Jasper store

All day Disinger Jewelers will donate 10% of sales and $10 for each Jasper bracelet sold

All day Elements , create a “make and take” art project (suitable for all ages and abilities)—$10 fee donated

All day Occasions, 10 percent of sales beginning on Night of Appetizers, Oct. 24 through GWYL day donated

All day EJ and Dots will give a percentage of all books sold, including books featuring the creatures the kids will encounter at the Silly Safari (2 p.m., Astra Theatre)

All day Komfortable Haus, Jasper Embroidery, Jagged Edge, Illusions, Just a Trace, Headquarters, Luegers, Walmart, Ivy Manor, have given cash donations

12 to 6:30, p.m. Snaps, $1 of every Moscow mule and mojito donated to the campaign

2 p.m. Silly Safaris at the Astra Theatre, fun show for all ages (free, but donations appreciated)

3:15-3:45 p.m. Downtown Fitness, “Just Breathe” yoga class for ages 8-12 and parents, based on the book by Mallika Chopra

6 p.m. to Midnight Snaps, $1 donated for every dessert sold

7 p.m. The Very Big Show (of support), a variety show featuring local talent, Jasper Arts Center, $10 ticket with full proceeds going to #gwyl2018, children under 10 are free (tickets may be reserved at


All proceeds from the day’s events, including the variety show, will benefit the Jasper Public Library, the Jasper Arts Center, and the Astra Theatre. For more information about the 2018 GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! day, visit,, or

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