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Rialto announces ‘momentous contribution’

Theater will use $32,000 grant from Dunham Fund for security system and exterior doors

The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet received a $32,000 grant from the Dunham Fund of Aurora.
The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet received a $32,000 grant from the Dunham Fund of Aurora.

The Rialto Square Theatre announced a grant it described as “momentous” for its potential to generate more contributions for the theater.

The $32,000 grant from the Dunham Fund of Aurora is “the largest grant in several years” received by the theater, according to a news release from the Rialto.

“This grant represents so much more than simply a generous donation,” Rialto Executive Director Valerie Devine said in the release. “It will serve as a catalyst to encourage support for the Rialto from other foundations, corporations and individuals.”

The release described the grant as “momentous,” a word chosen for the benefit Rialto officials believe it can have in generating more contributions, said Kathleen Arko, director of development for the Rialto.

“I truly think a grant like this will spark other grants and will encourage other foundations, groups and individuals,” Arko said.

The monetary contribution to the theater “is significant” as well, she said.

The Rialto plans to use the money for safety improvements, including new exterior doors and a new security system for the 93-year-old theater.

The Dunham Fund “supports organizations that work to make the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper,” according to the Rialto release.

“The Dunham Fund is proud to support the Rialto Square Theatre to fund improved safety and security features,” said Lindsay Cochrane, program director for the Dunham Fund, in the news release. “We believe that the arts is a driver of economic development, and this grant supports those efforts in the community.”

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