Florida Studio Theatre Announces New Partnership with The Woman's Exchange, Inc.

Florida Studio Theatre announces its fundraising collaboration with The Woman's Exchange, Inc. of Sarasota. FST will take donations from the community, consign them through The Woman's Exchange, Inc. and receive a percentage of revenue from the sale. FST will be collecting donations Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items may be brought to the Box Office reception desk at 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Downtown Sarasota or prearranged for pick up by contacting jrekkas@floridastudiotheatre.org. For a list of items that can be donated visit http://sarasotawex.com/faq.

Florida Studio Theatre's Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins, commented on this partnership stating, "I am delighted that we are deepening our relationship with The Woman's Exchange, Inc. They have been staunch supporters of Florida Studio Theatre (and many other Sarasota arts organizations) for nearly four decades. Along with their support of our intern program, cabaret theatre, and mainstage, they have also provided arts scholarships for needy children to attend our theatre education programs for many years." Hopkins further stated, "This year we are happy to deepen that partnership by serving as a satellite location for property drop-offs. And remember, the used goods you donate today will be sold to support FST and all the Sarasota arts tomorrow."

Karen Koblenz, CEO of The Woman's Exchange, Inc., summarized further stating, "In an effort to make theatre accessible and affordable for all, The Woman's Exchange, Inc. is thrilled to partner with Florida Studio Theatre in a collaborative effort to turn your gently used household, clothing and furniture items into a cash donation. Dedicated to the arts of Sarasota and Manatee counties for more than 50 years, The Woman's Exchange, Inc. is proud to be a season sponsor of the Florida Studio Theatre. This new program is just one more opportunity to bring the joy of Live Theatre to so many. "

Along with Florida Studio Theatre, The Woman's Exchange, Inc. has also collaborated with the Sarasota West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Cat Depot, and the Sarasota Opera among many other local arts organizations.

Items accepted for consignment include clothing, linens, lamps, chandeliers, electrical appliances, furniture and other large items. Some items have a preapproval process, for a full list of preapproved items, visit www.sarasotawex.com.

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