Lakireddy makes big donation to Merced Theatre
By GWEN HAGAMAN
December 21, 2017
The lobby of the historic Merced Theatre was dressed in
holiday bling on Dec. 12 for its “Thank You Party”
celebrating its donors, members, staff and volunteers. A
beautiful 20 foot tall Christmas tree and blue and gold
lighting effects set a festive mood. Music was provided
by pianist Gloria Coronas and vocalist Lourdes Clesson.
The biggest announcement for the evening was a $100,000
donation made by Dr. Hanimireddy Lakireddy and his wife
Vijaya. He was introduced by the foundation’s largest
donor Dr. Art Kamangar.
Lakireddy is a cardiologist at Dignity Health’s Mercy
Medical Center. His humorous talk to the group included
naming many who are his patients.
is my home. I have donated to UC Merced and Merced College.
I was feeling badly that I had not donated to Merced Theatre
yet. It’s a wonderful place for our community,”
Dr. Lakireddy explained to the crowd. “My family is
all behind me and supports everything I do. Thanks for letting
me do my part for this community.”
donation will be used for one of the theatre’s next
larger projects, such as a sound system upgrade or an electronic
component for the marquee. Chairperson Skip George said
the Lakireddys would be very involved with whatever project
leading off the 2018 season at Merced Theatre include the
Celtic Festival’s “Golden Bough” on March
17, Clint Black on April 10 and James Garner’s Tribute
to Johnny Cash on April 28.
more information on supporting Merced Theatre as a donor,
volunteer, member or to buy tickets call (209) 381-0500
or visit the Box Office at 301 W. Main Street.