The flames destroyed the stage where so many children have realized their performing arts dreams. The blaze went to three alarms before firefighters could get it under control and the building has suffered extensive damage. No one was harmed, and for that, we are truly grateful. CATS staff, students and alumni supported one another into the night as smoke billowed from the building. Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.
CATS, with assistance from our friends at Theatre Arlington, SCM Realty and The Rotary Club of Arlington, immediately set up temporary headquarters downtown at 602 E. South Street in order to provide space for our prestigious SummerStars Musical Theatre intensive for teens. A performance space for the camp was also secured.
We teach our CATS students perseverance, and we must provide an example for them by coming through this tragedy stronger than before.
YOUR help is needed. We can do this TOGETHER.
Together, we've answered the call from our community again and again. Our CATS kids performed at this year's Special Olympics of Texas Summer Games here in Arlington. As the CATS Caleidoscope group sang and danced, some of the athletes came to stand at their side, joyfully joining in with the choreography while huge smiles lit up the faces of both audience and participants.
It was a moment of transcendent art, made possible by CATS' commitment to children and to our community.
Together, CATS sent performers to the Arlington Parade of Lights and Christkindl Market.
Together, CATS provided arts education and performance space for underserved children at Webb Elementary.
Alone, we face hard choices about our continued existence. Together, we can build a bridge from our old and ruined building to a new location. How will we get there? It begins with you. Please consider making a significant donation to CATS today.
OUR CHALLENGE IS TO IMMEDIATELY RAISE $100,000.
Ask others within your circles of influence to consider a financial gift to CATS at this critical time. Friends and family members of our students, past and present, might consider making a donation in the student's honor.
Please continue supporting us until the challenge is met. Visit our website www.creativearts.org or Facebook page frequently for updates. Please keep our staff and students in your thoughts or prayers.
Together, we can and will secure a NEW place for CATS in our community so that we may serve for many years to come.
With sincere gratitude,