An introduction to the Neighbors Celebrating the Westmont group

Neighbors Celebrating the Westmont is an advocacy group comprised of members from the May 6 Committee, a group formed in 2006 to promote the premiere of the documentary film, The Grand Old Lady.

Below is some information about who this group is and what they stand for:

Neighbors Celebrating the Westmont (NCW)—Our Mission

We are advocates who provide support and non-financial assistance for the restoration of the Westmont Theatre and its use as a venue for the performing and film arts.

Neighbors Celebrating the Westmont (NCW)—What we Stand: (Our Stand)

As advocates and supporters, we use numerous forums and means to accomplish our mission of re-establishing The Westmont Theatre as a venue for the performing and film arts. We believe a restored Westmont Theatre will benefit Haddon Township by: 1) Strengthening community image and sense of place including how we are viewed by those outside our community; 2) Supporting economic development by stimulating additional new businesses as well as increasing revenue for our existing local businesses; 3) Increasing property values; 4) Promoting the township with a viable destination as a unique cultural arts center; and 5) Fostering education, development, and appreciation of the arts to people of all ages.

Additional Information about NCW

Recognizing that the Westmont Theatre, the last surviving vaudeville-era theatre left in Camden County, is to be treasured, our group was formed. We believe it should serve as an example of a progressive community fulfilling a duty to restore an important historical resource that can be a major asset to the Township. We formed first as a body of people involved in the documentary “The Grand Old Lady ” beginning in 2006. From this group, a core group of members, which continues to grow, have, and will continue to meet. Our group is not now, nor was ever “tied to,” “working for,” or “in favor” of any specific developer’s proposal, organization, individual or government entity. Our group will meet with people or groups that can assist or provide valuable input into how we can accomplish our mission. However we have, and will continue to always advocate and demonstrate our support to renovate and reuse the theatre only. As proposals are discussed or presented in public forums, we will speak as advocates for the benefits and necessity of restoration of the theatre only–our mission. When we speak or otherwise advocate, it is solely in the interest of our mission, even if we speak at the request of a developer, a government entity, or an individual. We are not a group that is in existence with the goal of becoming a 501 ( c ) 3 for any fund-raising or developer’s purpose.

If anyone is interested in joining this group, its constantly expanding, please use the “contact us” email link in the side bar and we’ll forward your information to the group.


One Response to An introduction to the Neighbors Celebrating the Westmont group

  1. Kim Duncan says:

    I work for a historic tax credit consulting firm. Please email me with contact information so that we may call you regarding the Westmont Theatre project.

    Thank you,
    Kim Duncan
    Brian Wishneff & Associates
    30 West Franklin Road, Suite 503
    Roanoke, VA 24011

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