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Civic Theatre West inches closer to goal

Theater group has less than a week to raise $350,000 needed to reopen
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Civic Theatre West, the defunct Roseville theater company, is inching its way closer to hitting the goal of raising $350,000 needed to reopen. But reaching that amount by Wednesday, Dec. 15, may still seem miles away. The nonprofit organization has raised $54,600 as of press time, since the board of directors launched a fundraising campaign Nov. 19. The organization ceased operations Nov. 10, citing $500,000 in debt. The theater group needs $350,000 to become finally solvent and begin the rebuilding process. If the target amount isn’t met, all of the money that has been pledged will be returned. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse hosted a fundraiser at its Roseville and Folsom locations Monday to help the campaign. They pledged 15 percent of each food bill for customers with a special flier to Civic Theatre West. Calvin Stevens, president of the theater’s board of directors, said he hasn’t yet heard from BJ’s with the total amount of money raised. “But I was there, and they said a lot of people came in with the (flier),” Stevens said Thursday. The board continues talks with potential key donors who can contribute large gifts to the campaign, he said. With only a few days left in the campaign, the organization could use all the help it can get. To pledge a donation, visit www.civicwest.org. ~ Sena Christian