• 'The Friends of Richard J. Reynolds Auditorium' organization (“Friends”) is a non-profit corporation that was organized by R.J. Reynolds High School alumni and friends in 1998 to preserve this community treasure. It is responsible for all public fundraising for this grand facility. 

    Successfully completed fundraising projects have been...

    • $6.2 million was raised for the renovation of the Auditorium (which was completed in September of 2002).
    • $47,000 was raised for a customized orchestra pit cover in 2006 (created and installed by the Wenger Corp., located in Minnesota).
    • $300,000 was raised in 2009 for the acquisition of a customized acoustical shell that was designed, created and installed by the Akustiks, LLC corporation in South Norwalk, CT. For this project there were two co-ordinated capital campaigns staged by "The Friends of Richard J. Reynolds Auditorium."  Each of these raised $150,000. One of those campaigns allowed "Friends" to name the building that sits directly behind the Auditorium the "Judy Voss Jones Arts Center." Part the fund-raising for that capital campaign included a $30,000 donation from "The Friends of Richard J. Reynolds Auditorium" to R.J. Reynolds High School for their programming needs. 
    • $550,000 was raised via grant requests in 2023 (and $50,000 more will come in January of 2025), making the total $600,000.  With these funds, the granite flagstone flooring in the front portico was replaced last summer.  This summer the carpeting and aisle lights throughout the auditorium will be replaced.  There will be other projects undertaken next summer.

    Donations of $500 to "Friends" entitles a donor to permanently name a seat in the Auditorium (with a small personally customized plaque telling of this donation being placed on that seat). Donors may name as many seats as they desire (at $500/seat). For more details, click onto "Permanently Name A Seat."

    Donations of ALL amounts are tax deductible, and ALL are most welcomed. The "Friends" organization is constantly doing things to improve the Auditorium...and each of these improvements costs money.   Please click here ( * ) to see the various ways you can make a donation.  

    Should you have a question concerning this, you may contact Harry Corpening (Chair of the Board of Trustees of 'The Friends of Richard. J. Reynolds Auditorium' organization) by sending him an e-mail (and make the subject line "Reynolds Auditorium").