August 20, 2012

Press Release: Nominated for $250,000 Grant from Chase Community Giving


Local Non-Profit, The Egyptian Theatre, Needs Area Support to
Receive $250,000 Grant from Chase Community Giving

Area residents can make a huge impact by voting on Facebook

DeKalb, Illinois (August 20th, 2012) – Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre (P.E.T), a non-profit working to restore and preserve DeKalb’s historic Egyptian Theatre as well as  bring exciting live theatre and dance, educational events and community performances to DeKalb is competing with charities nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 from the Chase Community Giving program. Residents can help ensure their success by simply voting for The Egyptian Theatre through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.

Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $20 million dollars toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued this year, giving hundreds of additional charities, including The Egyptian Theatre the opportunity to win grants to further their mission.

The Fall 2012 round of the Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit smaller and local charities by being limited to 501(c)3 charities with operating budgets under $10 million. The top eligible charity receives $250,000 and the remaining 195 top charities earn $10,000 through $100,000 awards, for a total of $5 million dollars in grants.
With the support of our volunteers, fans and local residents, The Egyptian Theatre has the opportunity to get much needed resources to implement big changes!

How You Can Help

You can help The Egyptian Theatre receive up to $250,000 by simply visiting and casting your vote!

If you have questions about The Egyptian Theatre or would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer@egyptiantheatre or call 815 758 1215.

About The Egyptian Theatre

Mission Statement: To share and protect the historical integrity of the theatre as a regional arts center for entertainment and community involvement.

By the late 1970’s the Egyptian Theatre was crumbling and near being demolished. A group of citizens got together in 1978 and formed P.E.T or Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The group’s goal was to not only restore the theatre to its original condition but provide a center for arts and entertainment in the community.

P.E.T.’s vision for the Egyptian Theatre since the beginning has been a community-based one. The success of the Egyptian Theatre has continually been embraced by both the arts community and by the people of DeKalb County. The vision of P.E.T. has grown from just keeping the doors open to opening new doors.

About Chase Community Giving

Chase Community Giving is grant program inspiring a new way of corporate philanthropy by letting participants vote to help determine which small and local non profits will receive donations from Chase.  The program has given away over $20 million in grants to charities nationwide, with focuses including animals & environment; education; health; military & veterans; poverty; and the arts. To learn more about the program, visit

Voting occurs from September 6th – 19th at