Performing Arts Center of Rapid City holds virtual “Pop Up Party” fundraiser

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Performing Arts Center of Rapid City hosted its annual fundraiser today, but for the first time in six years, it was all virtual.

Dubbed a “Pop Up Party”, the theme this year was a night at the movies.

Since it closed its doors in early March due to COVID-19 concerns, The Performing Arts Center has undergone huge financial losses. Today’s livestream captured by NewsCenter1 included musical performances from classic movie scenes and various contests.

Nick Johnson, the Executive Director of The Performing Arts Center in Rapid City, says he is grateful for the many donations received. He says the funds will help greatly in keeping other organizations under the PAC umbrella open.

“This event was very successful,” said Johnson. “We had about 50 sponsors who helped us bring in nearly $30,000 and then we raised another $8,000 or $9,000 from donations from people all over. We were getting donations from both coasts today. It was very heartening. We’ve raised nearly $31,000 dollars for The Performing Arts Center, Black Hills Community Theatre and The Rapid City Children’s Chorus.”

The yearly event is the biggest fundraiser for the venue. All events at The Performing Arts Center are canceled through July 31.

You can view the entire livestream here.



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