Why we do it...
This letter, originally written on a paper bag along with the one dollar bill contribution pinned to it, was found at the backdoor of a Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Austin following the 1988 Summer Musical, Camelot.
Mr. Bruce Raba was the CEO of Scott's Food Service, a major KFC franchiser and prime supporter of the Zilker Summer Musical for several years.
[see transcript of letter below]
Dear Mr. Raba,
I was very fortunate to see your production of Camelot on Saturday night. I have 3 children aged 4 to 7. My husband, because of an injury has been away from work for over 20 months. We lost our apartment 4 months ago and me and the children are living from our car. That's how we saw the musical. We asked someone in the park what was going on and they told us it was a play called Camelot. The next night I cleaned up the children and we went to the theatre. I told them the story like I remembered it and we walked to the park. Some real nice people let us sit by them on a blanket and even gave the children some grapes and crackers.
The show was beautiful. It made me cry. When I was young my folks took us to see many plays and concerts. My own children are missing this. My two youngest have never even seen a movie. Camelot was really magic for them and afterwards we sat on the hill until everyone left and just looked at the stage until all the lights were turned out. Camelot is all the children have talked about. Thank you for this wonderful gift. Everything was perfect and it made me remember many happy times. I can't afford a lot to pay you back but this dollar is worth a thousand times this much for our pleasure. When my oldest girl was going to sleep last night she said - Mommy do you know what I want to be someday? A queen. It was magic for her to.
Thank you, Noreen Younger
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