TUCSON, Ariz., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation has named Fletcher McCusker as its Chairman. Mr. McCusker is Chief Executive Officer of Providence Service Corporation, a local, publicly traded transportation management and social services company.
"The Fox Theatre is one of the most popular venues with artists in the country, yet still largely unrecognized in Tucson for its superlative acoustics, state-of-the-art sound and light equipment, and of course its elegant beauty," said Mr. McCusker. "It should be the showcase venue in Tucson and a cornerstone of downtown revitalization. The Foundation will work together with our downtown partners to ensure that it remains viable and prospers."
The Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, a non-profit organization incorporated in 1999, was formed to return the theatre to its original grandeur and to make it once again a center of Tucson life. The Fox Theatre is a designated historical landmark and was deeded over to the Rio Nuevo District in 2002. The Foundation operates the theatre as a tenant and the theatre has a $1.5 million payment due to the Rio Nuevo District in the fall. Though the Fox has hosted many memorable events since reopening on New Year's Eve 2006, the theatre has struggled to achieve financial self-sufficiency in the challenging economic climate of the past few years.
"On behalf of the Foundation's reenergized board of directors and newly created board of advisors, I am excited to report that we look forward to filling the Fox calendar with a wide variety of events, improving its brand recognition and helping to ensure the Fox remains a fixture in downtown Tucson for years to come," added Mr. McCusker.
Fletcher McCusker has been a major catalyst for Tucson's downtown revitalization. He is a member of the Chairman's Circle for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO), and is on the boards of the Downtown Tucson Partnership as well as the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He relocated his company headquarters to downtown Tucson in May of last year and has become instrumental in the reconstruction of an historic block. Providence Service Corporation is also a supporter of the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Children's Museum, The Transportation Museum, The Fox and Rialto theatres and was the founding sponsor of the monthly entertainment event 2nd Saturdays, an organization Mr. McCusker chairs.
SOURCE The Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation