A Gathering of Gratitude
March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Remembering Hal Snow & Michael Foster
Two Astorians who made substantial contributions to the Liberty Theatre’s restoration passed in late December. “Hal Snow was Corporate Secretary from the mid-1990s until about 2006,” said former Liberty President Steve Forrester. “Michael Foster was a board member from the moment we began to envision a new performing space, at the Liberty or somewhere else in Astoria.”
Through the Snow Family Foundation, Hal made a succession of gifts – for the chandelier’s restoration, the canopy’s manufacture, and the Box Office’s restoration. “Hal would sit back quietly observing and then when he spoke up or gently planted ideas for other to act upon, everyone listened,” said Cheri Folk, previous and current Board Member. “I loved hearing him tell of his mother working in the ticket booth as a young girl.”
Foster brought gold from his foreign travels to gild the theater’s plaster ornamentation. “Michael was our dreamer,” said Folk. He also floated the idea of creating the second-floor reception area that later become the McTavish Room, underwritten by Shawn Teevin. “Michael was patient in helping the board find a chandelier for the McTavish Room,” said Forrester. Jerry Gustafson underwrote the purchase in honor of his wife, Marilyn.
According to Forrester, “Without the contributions of Michael and Hal – financial, emotional, and intellectual – the restoration would have been much different.”
If you would like to make a donation in honor of either of these very special men, please visit our Support page.
This event is free and open to the public.