Kenworthy to launch campaign for disabilities

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase a portable chair lift system in an effort to expand the availability of its stage for disabled citizens.

The campaign is a collaboration with the Disability Action Center, partly because October is National Disability Employment Month, according to a news release.

The event will kick off with Zombie Fest, a free event showing the movie “Fido” on Monday. “Fido,” set in a futuristic world, is about zombies becoming domesticated menial workers and household pets for humans, according to the release.

The film starts at 7 p.m., but the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be free zombie-themed T-shirts while available, and guests will have the opportunity to interact with roaming “zombies” of the Kenworthy, according to the release.

The movie night is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds will go toward the Kenworthy’s campaign to purchase a new portable chair lift system.

Kenworthy Executive Director Christine Gilmore set a $30,000 goal for the fundraiser. If they reach this with leftover donations, those will go toward other disability projects at the Kenworthy, according to the release.

They have already raised more than $5,000, but the theater is reaching out with opportunities for those willing to donate.

From the commencement of the fundraiser this October until March, the Kenworthy will host free movies every Monday as a way to advertise and promote inclusion of patrons, according to the release.

World Theater Day marks the end of the fundraiser with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 27, according to a news release.