Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas grants theater

Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Daily Globe
Ryan Ausmus, board member of the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas; Pat Hamit, executive director of the Community Foundation awarded a grant of $18,000 for the Depot Theater to go towards a new dishwasher for the facility to Nancy Sapp, president of the Depot Theater Board of Directors.

As the Depot Theater prepares to bring shows back to Dodge City post-COVID-19 pandemic, the group of volunteers began taking on projects to better the facility, among them a new commercial dishwasher.

According to the Depot Theater, the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas awarded the theater an $18,000 grant to go towards the dishwasher.

Currently production of performances is still unknown so in the meantime, the theater volunteers have been cleaning, sorting, and investing for the future.

“The difference is amazing," said vice president of the Depot Theater Josh Roesener of the new dishwasher. "In the past we always had troubles with the glassware stems breaking due to the need to use the same cycle we used for our pots and pans.

"This dishwasher moved us forward 15 years into the future, allowing for a more efficient dishwasher that has different cycles to reduce breakage and damage.“

Depot Theater president Nancy Sapp added, “The dishwasher was literally about to become obsolete, with repair parts being nearly impossible to find. This would have been disastrous for a dinner theater. The new system will allow us for years to come to meet the needs of anticipated packed houses upon our return.

"We are so very grateful to the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas for their generous support.”

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