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Youngstown Foundation grant gets Hopewell closer to being handicapped accessible

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Youngstown Foundation recently awarded $20,000 toward the Hopewell Theatre’s goal of becoming handicap accessible.

The total project will cost approximately $80,000 and will include a handicap restroom, a new entryway equipped with an electric lift assist and new parking.

“The Youngstown Foundation is proud to award this grant to the Hopewell Theatre,” said Jan Strasfeld, Youngstown Foundation Executive Director. “The Foundation exists to support endeavors that improve quality of life for our residents. Access to the arts is certainly in line with that purpose.”

Two years ago, Hopewell (then the Victorian Players) kicked off their accessibility project campaign to fund renovations that ensure patrons with mobility challenges can access the facility.

“We still have a long way to go,” says Marlene Strollo, Hopewell Theatre Board President. “This grant, along with other grants and fundraising, gets us about halfway to our goal.”

The Hopewell Theatre’s “An Evening of Comedy & Magic” is set for March 9, and tickets are $20. This event stars local talent magician/comedian Eric Thompson and comedian Jenna Cintavey.

Proceeds will go toward the accessibility project.

Call 330-746-5455 for reservations or book your tickets online through