MORAGA -- The New Rheem Theatre has achieved its goal to raise $30,000 to pay for a new elevator, and as with the Oscars ceremony, there is a long list of thank-yous to be made.

Lack of an elevator has put the New Rheem out of compliance with Americans with Disabilies Act requirements, and has resulted in closure of three of the theater's four screens. But a fundraising drive, with plenty of community support, truly lifted the elevator campaign.

"We have reached the goal of $30,000 for the elevator," said Derek Zemrak, owner and operator of the New Rheem, said earlier this week. "We are submitting the plans to the (Moraga) planning department tomorrow."

That group effort was capped off by a glitzy Oscar Night party at the theater Sunday night that raised $7,835, but also included $2,650 raised with a separate Oscar Night party auction, and a number of large donations over the past several weeks.

The Bruzzone family, a shredding event sponsored by Moraga 5-A Rent-A-Space, Sue Olsen and The Olsen Team, The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, Rotary of Moraga, Shelby's Restaurant of Orinda, Cliff and Mary Elena Dochterman, Nancy Christman and Roger Poynts, Neighborhood Computers, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Moraga Rotary Club and the Moraga Police Officers Association were all major donors, said Zemrak, who wasn't sure when a new elevators will be up and running.


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