The Titanic will be pulling into port in Middletown next month, thanks in part to a gift from a nearby oil refinery.
The Delaware City Refining Company, a subsidiary of PBF Energy, recently made a $2,500 donation to the Everett Theatre to help sponsor an upcoming weekend-long event featuring all things Titanic related.
The sponsorship matches a donation the refinery made to the 90-year-old theater late last year, said Lisa Lindsey, the community relations manager at the refinery.
“We always try to support our local community and be good neighbors by building positive relationships,” Lindsey said. “Art really does happen in Middletown and the Everett does an especially fabulous job of bringing it the community.”
Don Mueller, the vice chairman of the theater’s board of directors, said the refinery’s sponsorship would be used to defray costs associated with the Titanic-themed “A Weekend to Remember” events May 3 to 5.
The event will feature two performances of the play, “Voices From the Titanic;” the unveiling of local artist Gibby Perry’s 10-by-15-foot mural of the Titanic’s grand staircase, which has not been seen in Delaware since 1987; a gala reception at the Middletown Memorial Hall that will mirror dinners served on the Titantic; displays of memorabilia from the White Star Line and other exhibits; as well as additional entertainment and auctions.
“Corporate donations like this are a big factor in our arts programs, especially in these difficult economic times,” Mueller said. “All of our donors have the right to earmark their donations for a specific purpose or we use them for operating expenses and capital improvements.”
For information on sponsoring events or making donations to the Everett Theatre or the Gibby W. Perry Center for the Arts, please visit everettheatre.com/sponsors.php or contact Mueller at email@example.com.