In 2012, the Tower Theatre Foundation launched a new major fundraiser, the Bend Follies. Over the past four years, Bend Follies has been honoring the Bend community through satire, comedy and songs, and raising money to support the programs and mission of the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation.
“In fact, that is what it’s all about,” comments Sally Russell, Bend City Council mayor pro tem and veteran Follies participant. “We spend the evening poking fun at everything Bend, laughing together, and raising money for a cornerstone in our community: The Tower Theatre.”
Thanks to the participation of local civic, political and business leaders, the Central Oregon community and the Tower staff and board, Bend Follies fundraising revenue has doubled from $19,000 in 2012, to $40,000 in 2016.
Annual fundraising efforts at the Follies begin with ticket sales, and continue throughout the silent and live auctions and now infamous Lip-Sync battle between City Council, City Commissioners and Chambers of Commerce.
Returning April 28 & 29, 2017
Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall Street Bend