Stark Cultural Venues lend a holiday helping hand


Last updated 12/5/2023 at 8:50pm

The Stark Foundation is pleased to announce its holiday initiative, spreading the joy of the season by hosting charitable food drives and pajama collections across their cultural venues in Orange, Texas. As part of their commitment to community, the Stark Foundation aims to uplift the spirits and support those in need during this special time of the year.

The Lutcher Theater, Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center and The W.H. Stark House will serve as focal points for these endeavors.

The Lutcher Theater will host a pajama and blanket drive to support the Salvation Army of Orange during their production of STOMP on December 8 and December 9. Moreover, in support of the Broadway hit performances, the Lutcher invites the public to help STOMP Out Hunger by donating non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off December 4-8 at Dow Business Center, any of the seven First Financial Bank locations, Free State Cellars or the Lutcher Theater during the performances of STOMP.

In support of the Lutcher Theater's pajama and blanket drive, Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will be collecting new pajamas and blankets during their Family Holiday PJ Week of Christmas Strolls from December 5-9. In addition, Shangri La Gardens will host a community food drive throughout their Christmas Strolls from December 5-22. Food donations will benefit Orange Christian Services.

To continue the commitment of helping spread joy and goodwill throughout the community, The W.H. Stark House will host a food drive to support the Salvation Army of Orange. Donations can be dropped off during their Stark Family Christmas Guided Holiday Tours on select dates during the month of December.

"The Stark Foundation invites the community to participate in these efforts by contributing to the food drives and pajama collections at the designated venues. By uniting in compassion and generosity, together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our neighbors and spread the joy of the season," said Clyde "Tad" McKee, president and chief executive officer of the Stark Foundation.

For more information on any of the Stark Cultural Venues, donation drop-off locations, event schedules or how to get involved, please visit


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