A! Magazine for the Arts

Blue Stocking Club raises $500k for the Paramount

November 3, 2020

BRISTOL, TN – Having raised more than half a million dollars, The Blue Stocking Club of Bristol, a 100-year-oldcommunity service group, has concluded its Centennial Campaign to light the way to a sustainable future for the Paramount.

The BSC has funded the purchase and installation of state-of-the-art LED stage lighting and wireless communication systems and is committing funds to repair damage done to the interior of the building by years of water leaks. Over the next several months, the Paramount theater’s walls, ceilings and murals, from the stage to the front door, will be restored by experts in historic decoration and architecture.

“Kudos to the BSC for the extraordinary success of their Centennial Campaign,” said Miles Marek, executive director of The Paramount Center for the Arts. “Though they had to cancel their gala event, these incredible ladies have graciously redirected funds so that we can make crucial repairs to our building, survive this shutdown, and still have an amazing event in Fall of 2021.”

The BSC’s Centennial gala, scheduled for Nov. 1, has transitioned to a benefit concert to be held Sept. 26, 2021, titled “An Evening with Amy Grant with special guests The Time Jumpers.” All admissions granted by the Blue Stocking Club to its canceled gala will be honored at the concert. In addition, a limited number of seats will be made available to Ghost Light campaign donors at $500 and above per admission. All donations will be doubled by matching grants from the Ghost Light Campaign’s sponsors. Funds raised will provide urgently needed operating capital to carry the Paramount through to its reopening in 2021. Details online at paramountbristol.org.