Lions make sizable donation to UMFK Fox Auditorium

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Lions Club presented a $7,000 donation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to the UMFK Foundation to make repairs to the curtain system at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium.

“It’s definitely going to a good cause,” said Lion Kris Malmborg.

The Lions perform their always sold out biannual “Pride of the Lions Show” at Fox, which prompted Malmborg and fellow Lion member Lance Morin to suggest to the rest of the receptive membership making the donation to the university.

“They’re always good to us when we have our shows there,” Malmborg said. “They have an antiquated curtain system. We figured this would be a way to help modernize it, either the curtains themselves or the rigging. The tracking doesn’t work to open and close the curtains so you have to literally pull the curtains.”

“I want to express my sincere thanks to the members of the Fort Kent Lions Club for their generous contribution to the UMFK Foundation,” said UMFK President John N. Short. “For many years, the Fort Kent Lions Club has been engaged in a partnership with UMFK. As part of this partnership, we have been delighted to host the well-known Lions Club show in Fox Auditorium, where the sold-out performances have generated financial resources to support so many community-wide projects in our area. The Club members also demonstrated strong support for the recently approved bond question that was approved by the voters on Tuesday.”

“The UMFK/Lions Club partnership continues to thrive with this gift. By helping us realize these changes in Fox Auditorium, the Lions Club members are making an investment in a cultural and arts resource that benefits the entire St. John Valley,” Short said.

Fox Auditorium seats 450 people and hosts various community events, including theater productions featuring local schoolchildren, local spelling bees, political town hall meetings, presentations by authors, and cultural events such as the Fiddler’s Jamboree.

Malmborg said the Lions aim to be transparent in terms of how they spend donations from the public.

“Every dollar we take in, whether from donations, ticket sales or proceeds from an event, every dollar goes back to the local community,” he said.

The next Pride of Lions Show is scheduled for three nights from May 2-4 in Fox Auditorium. Tickets for that show will only become available in January.

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