IN AUGUST 2021, WE DISCOVERED MOLD IN OUR COSTUME SHOP.
Our costume shop was recently struck by mold. This infestation has been devastating for CTE. The costume shop housed over 10,000 costumes and set pieces made over 20+ years. Having these costumes and set pieces available allowed us to keep our participation fees down and reduced the need for our families to pay additional money for costumes.
The mold infestation has required us to go through everything in the space to clean and evaluate the damage. Unfortunately, many pieces have had to be thrown away including storage items such as wooden shelves and containers. The financial impact of this is overwhelming. We have already spent over $7,000 on cleaning supplies, new bins, an air purifier, and professional laundry services. We estimate an additional $6,000 in cleaning bills.
In addition to cleaning everything we could salvage, we have had to secure a new space and pay rent for two months while still paying rent on our current space ($3,200). We incurred $1,200 in fees for a dumpster and moving truck in order to clean out the old space and move everything to the new location.
THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF THIS TRAGEDY IS $15,000-$20,000.
The future impact is impossible to predict. Fabric, costumes, wigs, accessories, materials, storage, set pieces and more will all have to be purchased new increasing our show budgets. Please consider donating today to help us offset the devastating long-term effect this will have on our organization.
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL
We have set a goal to raise $10,000 to offset the costume shop damage – roughly $1 for each costume we have produced at CTE!
As a thank you for helping our organization through this difficult time, all personal donations will be recognized in our show programs. Personal donations above $50 will also be listed on our website for a 12-month period. All business donations made above $150 will be listed on our website with a link back to your website or social media profile. Thank you to Doug Dienelt Photography for this video!