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Theatre Group Aids the Elderly

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

Earlier this week, Robin Brooke, the founder of the New River Valley Regional Theatre, presented a check to Shannon Hammons, Director of Marketing and Development for the New River Valley Agency on Aging. The check was for half of the proceeds garnered from the recent production of Love Letters, a play performed at several unconventional locations by Brooke herself and veteran actor Paul Gregory Nelson.

This marks the first time that the New River Valley agency on aging has collaborated with the New River Valley Regional Theatre but it may not be the last. The NRV Agency on Aging Marketing and Development Director Shannon Hammons was well pleased by the gesture. “Robin is a wonderful ambassador for the community and we are so appreciative of her generosity thinking of older adults and thinking of us at the agency.”

According to Brooke, the last of the four shows, held at the Pulaski Train Depot, drew the biggest crowd and was the most successful. On the same day Brooke presented the check (which is rumored to be more than $100 but less than $1000) to Hammons, Robin Brooke purchased the rights to “Patsy,” a stage play focusing on the life of singer Patsy Cline. “Patsy” will be presented at the Pulaski Theatre this coming October.

The New River Valley Agency on Aging, is a governmental cooperative serving the counties of Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski and the city of Radford. It exists to support and enhance the lives of older adults, their families, and caregivers through advocacy, information, and services. To learn more about their services call (540) 980-7720.

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