“Train to Broadway” Promises a night of impact and entertainment

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, October 25, 2023

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By Ellen Brabo, For Washington Daily News

As Open Door Community Center approaches its fifth year celebration in January 2024, the organization is gearing up for their annual fundraiser, “Train to Broadway.” Scheduled for Nov. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Washington Civic Center, this year’s fundraiser promises an evening of dinner, theater and a robust silent auction. With tickets priced at $75 per person, attendees are not just enjoying a delightful evening; they are contributing to a future where homelessness is just a temporary situation, not a way of life.

“Our goal this year is to hit a net profit of $30,000,” shared Doreen Trottier, the Fundraising and Outreach Chair for Open Door. “This ensures that we can keep our doors open, electricity on, and maintain our facility.”

This year’s fundraiser is made possible through the collaboration of 26 sponsors, contributing to a night of community, compassion, and change. The evening will feature more than 75 silent auction items, totaling around $15,000 in retail value. Notable items include a scenic boat ride from Washington to Belhaven with lunch, a custom cocktail table crafted by a local woodworker, a new bike donated by Innerbanks Outfitters, and a gas grill from Lowe’s.

“Over 100 businesses have come together to donate items for Open Door, it’s just amazing,” emphasized Trottier.

Presented by Alternative Stage and Le Moulin Rouge de Danse, the upcoming musical revue follows a resilient vaudeville troupe on the brink of eviction by an unscrupulous new owner aiming to transform the venue into a burlesque house. Determined to pursue their dreams despite challenges, the cast members focus on reaching Broadway. The show promises a captivating blend of comedy, dance, song, romance, and elaborate costumes, offering the audience an engaging and diverse theatrical experience.

As a resident of Washington and a dedicated table sponsor for the upcoming fundraiser, Stacy Sumner Jesso underscored the pivotal significance of financial support in fulfilling Open Door’s mission, particularly the pressing need for expanded programs and resources.

“To expand their mission and vision they need financial support from you and me,” said Jesso. “Open Door wants to expand their programs and have the space to accommodate more women and children.”

In response to valuable feedback from last year’s attendees, Trottier strategically implemented changes aimed at enhancing this year’s event. These improvements include the introduction of food stations to facilitate mingling and a deliberate reduction in the number of available tickets to create a more spacious and enjoyable atmosphere for all.

“We all know that there are homeless people out there, and everyone needs a helping hand,” said Trottier. “There are a hundred different reasons to be homeless. We just ask people to open their hearts.”

Open Door provides immediate assistance and long-term solutions for women and children facing homelessness in Beaufort County, NC. They offer tailored support, empowering residents with life skills and resources necessary for stable housing and a self-sufficient future. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Open Door Community Center website at www.odccwashington.org.