Ole’s steady growth has come from community support, and Voss is quick to recognize it.
“I think it is important to thank the people of Miami County and Peru who have supported Ole Olsen over the past 50 years,” she said.
“We have people like Bulla Hoffman, who left us a trust at her passing, and Joe B. Williams, who passed recently, a season ticket holder for many years. He left us $45,000 to keep producing Ole productions, because he believed in what our organization does. Joey Kubesch, who is a Cole Porter relative still living in Peru, supported Ole for years financially and did so much for us. Ron Blackman made a large financial contribution in the late ’70s and early ’80s when Ole was in need, which allowed us to keep going.
“I am so appreciative that Peru has this little thing called a community theater that has been such a big part of my life.
“I can’t wait to see what Ole Olsen does in the next 50 years.”
Neither, I’m sure, can a lot of other people.
Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.