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OSF tops goal with online fundraiser

Between Oct. 23-26, Oregon Shakespeare Festival raised more than $600,000 through an online fundraiser called the Dare to Dream Gala — surpassing its fundraising goal by more than $100,000.

The online event is free to watch until Oct. 30 at osfashland.org/2020gala.

“In this extraordinary time, despite the challenges we are all facing from the global pandemic and recent wildfire devastation, our OSF artistic family, the Rogue Valley community and everyone who joined us online truly came together not just for recovery reasons, but in support of causes that matter the most,” said Nataki Garrett, OSF artistic director.

OSF expanded its global reach through the event, with viewers spread across five continents and 15 countries.

Half of the money raised was directed at fire relief efforts in the region, while the remainder will support OSF education programs, novel artistic pursuits and digital program expansion.

My Valley My Home, Northwest Seasonal Workers Association, Phoenix-Talent School District, Rogue Action Center, Rogue Climate, Siskiyou Rising Tide, SOEquity, SO Health-E, Unete and United Way are listed as recipients for fire relief funds.

OSF spokesman CJ Martinez said a complete breakdown of funding distribution is not yet available, as other active fundraising campaigns remain ongoing.

OSF Elizabethan Theatre (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)