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Dan Ladely, director of the Mary Riepma Ross Theater, announced a campaign to raise funds for new seats in both theaters as over 200 Friends of the Ross members gathered May 19 to celebrate another successful year of film.

A $250 donation will be matched by the Friends board to cover the entire cost of one plush new seat. Partial donations are also encouraged. The seats will have retractable tables as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln uses the theater as classrooms. Donations can be made online at theross.org or in person.

The Ross programmed 104 movies this year, several of which received 46 Academy Award nominations, seven winning awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film. The interest in independent film continues to grow in Lincoln as the Ross exceeded 30,000 attendees this past year.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by The Hub and Meier's Cork 'n Bottle at the annual party and meeting.

Members voted in the executive board slate: Kitty Fynbu, president; Catherine Sypal, vice president; Betty Levitov, secretary; Ed Bates, treasurer. Outgoing President Carla J. Cooper welcomed members for her final time. Susan Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council, spoke about the importance of the arts and the contribution that the Ross makes to the city and state.

The Mary Riepma Ross Theater shows innovative American independent work including non-narrative, experimental films; classic American movies; documentaries that examine a wide variety of issues of concern; and contemporary foreign cinema. It regularly brings in artists, directors and producers to the Ross to share their inspirations and stories about their films with the audience and UNL students.

The Mary Riepma Ross Theater invites you to become a member. In addition to supporting one of Lincoln’s most treasured assets, as a member you receive complimentary tickets, reduced admission to all films and invitations to special events. Learn more at theross.org.

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