Thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, The Deport Theater in Dodge City, Kans. was able to install a brand new commercial dishwasher.
During the initial wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Depot Theater was forced to close their doors in March 2020.
The Depot Theater kept busy in the meantime by cleaning, sorting, and investing in the future by positioning the theater to open in a positive environment.
Through this process the Depot Theater found their dishwasher would be more of a hinderance than a help in the future.
“The dishwasher was literally about to become obsolete, with repair parts being nearly impossible to find. This would have been disastrous for a dinner theater,” Depot Theater President Nancy Sapp. “The new system will allow us for years to come to meet the needs of anticipated packed houses upon our return. We are so very grateful to the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas for their generous support.”
With the help of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of donors like the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, the Depot Theater is resuming their pre-pandemic progress.
“The difference is amazing. In the past we always had troubles with the glassware stems breaking due to the need to use the same cycle we used for our pots and pans,” said Depot Theater Vice President Josh Roesener. “This dishwasher moved us forward 15 years into the future, allowing for a more efficient dishwasher that has different cycles to reduce breakage and damage. “