ATI to host Sip & Song 


By Mark Ambrogi

The Actors Theatre of Indiana is trying to fundraise more often rather than focusing on one major gala.

ND 0214 Preview of Sip and Song ATI fundraiser

“We’re trying to fundraise monthly if possible because ticket sales only make 30 percent of our total budget,” said Kristen Merritt, ATI director of marketing. “We did a fundraiser at Sun King in January. We try to partner with local businesses. Different events will appeal to different people. We’re hoping to reach a wider variety of people who have never been to our events.”

The Sip & Song will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Peace Water Winery, 37 Main St., Carmel. The $30 ticket, along with a small Eventbrite service fee, includes pizza from Bazbeaux Pizza, cupcakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes and wine tasting from Peace Water Winery.

Merritt said ATI will receive a portion of each bottle of wine purchased at the event.

The ATI trio of co-founders Don Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald and Cynthia Collins will perform a short set.

“My intention is to have prizes only from Carmel businesses as part of it,” Merritt said.

There is space for 50 people.

The next ATI event, the Trivia Night, will replace the annual gala, Merritt said.

“I think people are sort of over getting dressed up and spending a $100 or $125 a ticket to come to an event,” Merritt said. “So our intention is to see how this Trivia Night goes.”

The Trivia Night from 6:30 to 11 p.m. March 11 in a banquet room above the Table by Market District restaurant, 11505 N. Illinois St., Carmel. The cost will be $40 a person and $300 for a table of eight. There will be complimentary pizza, appetizers, wine and beer, along with a cash bar. Scott Semester will serve as the master of ceremonies.

“People can come as individually but we encourage people to have teams of eight,” Merritt said. “I’ve been to couple of them, the Trivia Nights are fun and casual.”

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