Alabama native Carol Odess, the major benefactor of the Odess Theater, talks about this weekend’s ribbon cutting ceremony (06-07-15) for the newly renovated Allen Hall. Odess was joined by Roger Schmidt, Executive Director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, to talk about the decades-long effort to save Allen Hall. Downloadable audio.
The renovation of Allen Memorial Hall, the centerpiece of Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson Fine Arts Campus, is nearing completion. But contractors wouldn’t be working at all in the building without the support of a remarkable benefactor: A woman from the deep South who’s taken a hands-on interest in getting this job done.
Carol Odess, of Alabama, gave a major gift last year to help restore Allen Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus. This year she’s back to teach fly fishing to breast cancer survivors, sweep the floors, and bring renewed energy to campus fund raising. She and SFAC development staffer Anne O’Brien discuss this summer’s $100,000 challenge.