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$100,000 raised for Incline High School digital media projects

Mary Danahey | Special to the Bonanza


INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline High School Boosters hosted yet another successful Crab & Pasta Feed last month at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

The lively dinner and auction raised over $100,000 to upgrade the school’s existing theater space and turn it into a Digital Media and Performing Arts Center.

“Communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking are vital skills to have in today’s workplace and Incline High School is determined to help own students develop those skills,” said HIS Principal Leslie Hermann.

She believes that upgrading the theater will create a venue where students can do that.

The Digital Media & Performing Arts Center is the latest phase of the hugely successful technology initiative launched by the IHS Boosters just 2 years ago.

“We want to leverage the advances we have made with the tech initiative and transform the IHS theater into a 21st century resource that all students can use,” Hermann said.

Students will soon have a space where they can give multi-media presentations, produce a play, host a concert or show a film that they’ve created.

Incline community comes together

This is truly a community event — and one that values education. As in past years, donors both big and small came together for the “Fund A Need” portion of the auction.

Generous community members who don’t even have children in Incline High School but “think globally and believe in supporting their community” helped kick off the auction. In the end, nearly 100 bids were contributed.

Auction team members have already contracted with local architect Dale Smith to help direct the project (and enlarge the stage) and have engaged with the Washoe County School District to coordinate ADA compliance and window replacement.

Bids are also already being reviewed for the new sound system, lighting, projector, screens, paint and carpet.

The goal is to have the renovation completed by October of this year — potentially in time for use by the fall semester.

The added benefit is that the community would finally have a space that they can use, too. While IHS would obviously have priority, local Incline groups would be also able to use the theater.

Phase two of this renovation is to replace the theater’s existing 45-year-old seats. Fundraising is underway with the Booster’s “Buy a Seat” campaign.

Watch for more information at Star Follies on March 24-25 and the IHS Cinderella production on April 28-29.

Mary Danahey, an Incline Village resident, provided this article on behalf of the Incline High School Boosters. Visit http://www.inclinehs.org/index.php/activities/boosters to learn more.