Foundation still is being developed

Hall officials are talking to community members to recruit board members.
WARREN -- A foundation to work as a fund-raising and programming arm of the Packard Music Hall remains in the board development stage, board members said.
"It grew out of the two managers' frustrations over not being able to do any programming," manager Christopher Stephenson said at a Packard trustees meeting Friday.
Under city rules, the music hall is considered a rental facility and can't do its own programming.
Both John Bentz, board president, and Stephenson said they are talking to several influential members of the community about becoming foundation board members.
The hall's tactics
The programming focus is on youth and entertainment that's affordable to residents of the region, Stephenson said.
"It's going to be small steps early," Bentz said.
One thing planned is a production of the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," for later this year.
"We hope within a couple of years to be an active organization," Bentz said.
The city has decreased its music hall subsidy in recent years and in 2001 charged Packard officials to come up with a way to be self-sufficient.
The hall also started box office ticket sales and liquor and concession sales to generate revenue. Those efforts matched recommendations made in a performance audit released in 2002 by the Ohio Auditor's office.

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