Augustoberfest Donates $5K to Maryland Theatre


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Augustoberfest kicks off this weekend in Hagerstown, and although this annual festival is best known for its celebration of German culture, it is also tied to some charitable efforts.

This year, the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to the Maryland Theatre, using revenue from last year's festival.

"The Maryland Theatre is an icon of Hagerstown. It has had a lot of attention and a lot of use and needed some upgrading,” Augustoberfest founder Charles Sekula said.

Most of the money was used to upgrade a staircase used by performers to get on stage. Some of it also went towards new stage lights.

The Maryland Theatre will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, and its board of directors said that is one of the reasons they have been getting more donations within the past couple of years.

"This [donation] in particular with the Augustoberfest Foundation was maybe a little more special because it came from another large community event,” Maryland Theatre Board Member Sam Young said.

For Hagerstown community leaders, the donation from Augustoberfest reflects just how much local organizations and businesses support each other.

"It's just another primary example of the great partnerships between the various organizations in Hagerstown and the mutual love that we all have for this jewel, the Maryland Theatre,” Mayor of Hagerstown David Gysberts said.

Depending on the amount of revenue Augustoberfest rakes in this year, the foundation is hoping to continue giving back to the local community.

"It grew very nicely last year and we hope for it to grow again this coming weekend,” Sekula said.

Tickets to Augustoberfest are $5 per day for adults. Children 12 and under can go for free.

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