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Syracuse City Ballet fundraiser set for tonight

The Syracuse City Ballet says a Central New York holiday tradition could be in jeopardy. The Nutcracker is performed each December by the Syracuse City Ballet, which is still trying to recover from a fire that destroyed thousands of dollars worth of costumes and sets.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The Syracuse City Ballet says a Central New York holiday tradition could be in jeopardy.

The Nutcracker is performed each December by the Syracuse City Ballet, which is still trying to recover from a fire that destroyed thousands of dollars worth of costumes and sets.

The Ballet will hold a fundraiser tonight at the Landmark Theatre.

Organizers say they need to raise $90,000 to replace the materials destroyed in the May fire.

They’re still waiting for compensation from the insurance company, but organizers say they have been told most of the damaged material will not be covered.

The fire started in a storage space on Spencer Street.

Most of the smoke and water damaged items include costumes, props, and sets used for The Nutcracker.

Because they’ve had to wait on their insurance, the dance company manager says the material is still sitting there damaged and they’d like to start the replacement process.

"If we're unable to get enough funding we could not have costumes, not have sets and props and with that, you run the risk of not having a show,” said Syracuse City Ballet Company Manager Meryl Johnson.

Those who want to contribute, can attend the event at the Landmark Theatre on South Salina Street tonight.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The event includes dancing and performances, along with a silent auction.

The minimum donation to enter is $25.

Those wishing to donate to the ballet should visit their website.

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