Election of New Board Members, Officers -- The board of directors of Historic West Bend Theatre Inc. has elected three new directors to its 18-member board: Pat O’Connor, Jay Tamez and Chris Wenzel. O’Connor, who was also elected secretary/treasurer, is a retired senior voce president of BMO Harris Bank.
Tamez is a co-owner of the West Bend Academy of Music, which just moved downtown across the street from the theatre. He is also a performer, music writer and broker and organizer of musical events. He rented the theatre in 2008 and successfully operated it as a music venue. Tamez has a background in sound electronics.
Wenzel is the owner of Alexssa Inc., a downtown business that offers information technology solutions. He has been president of the Rotary Club of West Bend.
In addition, the board created an advisory board and named the initial four members: Shawn Graff, former executive director of then Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, former president of the Wisconsin Preservation Society and currently vice president of the American Bird Conservancy; Peg Ziegler, civic leader and philanthropist; Sharon Ziegler, civic leader and philanthropist; and Tonnie Schmidt, a founder of Delta Defense and West Bend school board member.
Re-elected for new terms as directors were Brooke Novaczyk, Bill Buettner and Barry Bertram. Officers re-elected also were Nic Novaczyk, president, and Kine Torinus, vice president.
Two Big Donations Put Theatre in Red Zone -- The West Bend Mutual Charitable Trust donated $500,000 as part of its celebration of its 125th anniversary and two foundations associated with National Exchange Bank donated $250,000 to the restoration of the iconic theatre. “These two gifts, combined with previous lead gifts, make it certain that the restoration project is a ‘go,’” said Nic Novaczyk, HWBT president. “We literally couldn’t do it without them. It was a very good week.”
West Bend Sign Coming Down Soon – Within the next few weeks, Pablocki Sign Company will be removing the perimeter-lit sign and the marquee, the first major step in our restoration work. It will taken to Pablocki’s shop for a complete refurbishment. We are all anxious to see what’s under the metal cladding on the marquee. We know it’s in pretty bad shape, because it leaks onto the sidewalk. The project planning calls for the sign and marquee to be back in place by mid-year 2019.
Posters Printed and Ready for Sale – Two sizes of a poster showing a painting of the historic theatre as it looked in 1929 when it was build are off the press and ready for sale. Director Jay Tamez has offered a corner of his store, the West Bend Academy of Music, as an interim shop for selling theatre objects, including the posters. They look great. Check them out when you are downtown. Ric Hartman, owner of the Gallery of Wisconsin Art, donated the painting by Wisconsin artist Mike Darrow and the layout. Serigraph Inc. donated the printing.