E-Power Marketing and the Oshkosh Community Pull Together to Save the Grand Opera House
On Tuesday Aug. 25 the Oshkosh Common Council welcomed an oversized crowd of community members for a meeting to discuss the future for one of the city's gems, the Grand Opera House. The council listened to dozens of supporters, including E-Power Marketing President Larry Stopa, as they shared memories of times at the Grand and asked for the city's financial backing to help fund the needed repairs and to save a landmark.
Larry shared his stories which included relocating to Oshkosh because of the quality of life those locations and activities like the Grand Opera House have created in Oshkosh.
"The community has and will continue to support the Grand financially," Larry said. "But tonight, we need you to take responsibility and repair the property the city owns."
Recently E-Power Marketing donated $1,000 to the "Grand for the Grand" fundraising effort that answered a challenge by Oshkosh Mayor Paul Esslinger for private donors to help defray costs to taxpayers. Even Larry's 10 year-old son Casimir and 12 year-old daughter Pearl gave their support at the meeting and donated birthday money.
With a show of community backings both financially and emotionally, the council voted unanimously to approve almost $2 million to fund the needed repairs and renovations to the 1880s-era opera house.
In the Oshkosh Northwestern's top story, Council unanimously passes resolution to fund Grand renovations, former Oshkosh Mayor Steve Hintz said it's a vote for the next 100 years. E-Power is happy to say that it had a part in saving this unique city location and looks forward to the renovations to be completed, because we all know that the show must go on.